ECU Symposium On Campus Safety Brings Virginia Tech Officials To Town

Virginia Tech Police were among the speakers at the 6th annual ECU Safety Symposium Wednesday in Greenville.

Virginia Tech Deputy Chief Kevin Foust outlined through a series of powerpoint slides the key events of both 2007's tragedy where 32 people were killed and 2011's tragedy in which a Virginia Tech police officer was gunned down.

Foust says technology has come a long way since 2007's tragedy in getting the urgent information out that people need in a much timelier fashion.

ECU is no stranger to the increased response after a student with an umbrella caused a lockdown of the campus.

Faust says, "Unfortunately the world we live in now the police response is going to be what it is, we have to be prudent, we have to be very vigilant."

Other speakers, like Jeff Nolan, a threat management consultant, discussed the importance of university's these days having threat assessment teams. "It was recognized that you really needed a multi disciplinary team that would bring together campus law enforcement, psychologists, dean of students, human resources and other folks on your campus, legal council, who can really help pull the pieces together."

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