On September 22, 2016, Texas Southern University simulated its first lock down drill of the semester. Since the Campus Carry law went into effect, campus safety is at an all time high.
T.S.U. Police Chief Greene, who is responsible for overseeing the entire process of the drill, explained the importance of this drill and key safety measures everyone on campus should follow.
“We want to educate our community on incidents that may occur here and across the country with gun violence. One of the national recommendations we have put out is to run, hide and fight.”
Greene also explained “high alert” trends the department and his team consider to be “high risk” times that may occur on campus.
“We look at data, we look at trends, we look at things we are able to formulate to keep our campus safe,” he said.
“In terms of red line trends, there are no specific red line days, however we do an incident increase in the Fall and Spring semesters simply because the campus community is here,” Greene said.
The process of the drill included Greene and his entire team to watch surveillance footage overseeing the entire campus, ensuring everyone was following proper protocol to stay safe in case of an actual event occurring on campus.
Some students even shared their thoughts about the 20-minute drill that took place and what the importance of the drill meant to them.
Sidney Odom, a junior at Texas Southern said he felt good about the drill and more prepared in case of an actual event occurring.
“As far as the lock=down drill today, I felt that it was very important for the university as far as when any event actually takes place, we will know what to do,” he said.
Texas Southern continues to improve the quality and safety of their student body everyday. As the University continues to grow, safety will always be a top priority.