Shoreline Community College is taking steps to help make the campus a safer place for students, employees and the public.
In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting incident in Connecticut, President Lee Lambert asked the College Council to discuss and recommend actions regarding campus safety. The Council, which includes representatives from all campus constituencies, met twice in January. The discussions were wide ranging, touching on issues from firearms on campus and arming college security personnel to mental and emotional health.
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At the Jan. 29, 2013 meeting, the Council decided that more substantive recommendations should wait for the arrival of a new director of Safety and Security, anticipated for sometime later in February, according to Stephen Smith, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs.
Then, on Jan. 31, 2013, an incident off-campus provided those at the college with a fortunately uneventful reminder that emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime and preparation and awareness are important at all times.
The incident began about noon at a home near the college where, according to police at the time, a home-invasion, armed burglary had occurred and three male suspects were at large in the area. With uncertainty about where the apparently armed suspects might be, the decision was made to secure the campus to the degree possible. Soon after, police advised the suspects had likely left the area and the campus was returned to normal operations.
At a debriefing meeting the next day, Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said the college can use the incident as a learning moment. “We have an Emergency Management Response Plan,” Campbell said of the revised plan that was adopted a year ago, Jan. 29, 2012. “On Thursday, we saw some things that went well and some areas where we need to, and will, improve.