Swift Strategy Needed at College Campuses
The recent murder of Yale University student on campus is part of a bigger problem facing several campuses nationwide. Not withstanding several changes that have been implemented since the Virginia Tech massacre, there is an urgent need for a change in strategy and tactics on swift notification and response.
Swift notification and response is reliant on the fact that every student, faculty or administrative staff can promptly notify emergency authorities during an ambush or sudden assault. Without swift notification, we may continue to see more incidents like the Yale student murder or the Virginia Tech type of incident.
The SWIFT strategy calls for the implementation of five critical elements on campuses to ensure timely notification and response in times. This tactical strategy comprises of five elements:
Self-defence Awareness Training
This approach advocates for basic self-defence awareness training programs to all students, particularly female students and staff. With basic awareness training, the students can at least defend themselves when the need arises on or off campus.
Each and every student should be issued an electronic whistle that is activated at the press of a button during an assault. Such a whistle is both a tool of deterrence and notification in times of a sudden attack. Electronic whistles can be ideal key holders that will come in handy during any attacks on of off campus.
Given the unpredictable nature of recent campus crimes, it It is increasingly clear that campus police can not be everywhere all the times. In order to increase ground-up information, it is perhaps time to recruit student volunteers as informants to serve as the first line of response in areas where campus police will not easily have access.
Focus on Blind Spots
Campus must pay close attention now to blind spots, or areas without easy access, regular patrol or areas. Blind spot may also include facilities like gyms, outdoor sports facilities, dark alleys with high student traffic, car parks and other places like dormitories and laboratories.
Timely Response Targets
Campus safety and security need to review response time to some areas like multistory car parks, basement laboratories and a far-flung dormitories that are closer to tough neighborhoods. In cases where response is not feasible, security must consider emerging use of gadgets like segweys, motorized bikes and golf carts for swift response.
Gideon F. For-mukwai, CEM
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