Community College Adds Police Department to Increase Safety

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

WEYERS CAVE, Va.---A community college in the Valley has a plan and a new police department on campus, in case of an emergency.

Blue Ridge Community College student Josh Abshire said stabbings and shootings can happen on any campus.

"At a school like Blue Ridge we're as safe as we're gonna be and no matter how much preparation you do, there's always potential for something to happen," said Abshire.

Before February, BRCC only had security staff on campus. These employees can keep track of potential threats but are not able to act as police officers.

BRCC Police Chief Wayne Martin said a police department on campus helps keep students and staff safer.

"By having a law enforcement individual on campus, they can observe and report it to me and we can take quicker action," said Martin.

The college also has an alert system that sends text messages and emails to everyone on campus.

According to Martin, there are two emergency coordinators in each building who know evacuation and sheltering procedures.

"Emergency coordinators themselves have radios so that we have the ability to get information to the coordinators in the building so they know what's happening and how to react," said Martin.

Abshire said he hopes it never happens at this campus.

"We don't have metal detectors and stuff like that I feel as safe here as I'm gonna feel," said Abshire.

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