A-State plans to continue safety measures, training in 2016

A-State plans to continue safety measures, training in 2016

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University plans to continue conducting training to keep the professors, staff and students safe in the new year.

In 2015, Arkansas State was recognized for having one of the best campus security programs in the country.

Most recently, law enforcement agencies converged on the campus of Arkansas State for the threat of a potential active shooter situation.

"University Police and the University have always taken security seriously," Executive Director of Marketing at A-State, Bill Smith said.

Next week, they'll continue working to improve safety on campus with a three-day intensive training session with FEMA.

"These type of disasters, whether they're man-made or natural, visit campuses all over the country each and every day," Smith said. "You just have to be prepared with a very flexible system that's ready to respond whatever the threat is."

Smith said working together not just as a college system, but as a community keeps the campus safe.

"In the event of that unfortunate 2009 ice storm, we'll have crossovers among, not only our campuses, but Williams Baptist, Black River Technical, others in the area that we need to know those folks," Smith said. "You don't want to swap business cards at the disaster."

Smith told Region 8 News that University Police plans to continue hosting sessions on rape defense, theft prevention and what to do in an active shooter situation in 2016 as well.

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