TAMIU Prepared for Act of Violence Emergencies on Campus
Apr 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM CST
Apr 9, 2013
Over 6,000 students walk the campus of TAMIU on a daily basis. But how is university officials prepared if an act of violence happens on their campus. (Fructuoso San Miguel, III\Director, university police): "We've done training with DPS, on an active shooter. We've done tactical training with the Laredo police swat team." I sat down with TAMIU police director Fructuoso San Miguel Tuesday and he also says every employee at TAMIU is required to take a short course on what to do if there is ever an active shooter on campus. San Miguel says training became completely different after the columbine shooting in 1999. "It used to be that police officers would wait for back-up. It used to be that they used to wait for the SWAT team and set up at the command center and then set up a perimeter and then make a plan of action. Now police officers are taught to take action immediately and take it upon themselves to try and stop the shooter from taking anymore lives." But in instances like Tuesday, waiting for police to arrive is not an option. "You can't wait for police anymore, that was the traditional way of thinking, call 911 and wait for police to arrive, but sometimes it's self survival. You may be in a situation where you have to take action even if it means throwing a back pack or a book or something to at least gain ground to give you time to run away from a person with a knife." TAMIU also sends out what they call dusty alerts, which are text messages about any types of emergencies happening on campus.