Local colleges talk security following LSC shooting

Local colleges talk security following LSC shooting

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The shooting at Lone Star College near Houston is just another reason why colleges and universities are constantly monitoring any threats.

"We try and train several times a year with all of the agencies around us," said Dr. Bob Harkins, the Associate Vice President of Campus Safety and Security at the University of Texas in Austin.

Harkins says the university receives more than 800 reports of different types of threats each year.

"Not all of which resulted in any type of action or activity," said Harkins. "That number has grown from 300 in 2009 to 800 this past year."

When asked if all the threats have to be investigated, Harkins replied, "Absolutely."

In 2007, following the Virginia Tech shooting, U.T. developed the Campus Safety and Security division, which played a major role coordinating a plan with area law enforcement, and was put into motion following a shooting more than two years ago.

"If you back to September 10, 2010, the first two teams that went into the library, that's where the shooter had run to hide were joint teams between the Austin Police Department the university police department," said Harkins.

Austin Community College released the following statement to FOX 7 following Tuesday's shooting:

"The safety of students, employees, and campus visitors is ACC's utmost concern. ACC District Police, made up of armed, licensed peace officers, have a presence at each campus, and the college's emergency management and communications teams regularly drill for emergency scenarios such as this. ACC continually evaluates its emergency plans and is closely monitoring the situation in Houston. Our thoughts and support are with staff and students at Lone Star College."

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