Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – Should someone open fire on campus, would you know what to do?
Coahoma Community College’s Department of Campus Safety is ensuring that not only police, but also faculty and staff, know how to properly respond in the event of an active shooter. CCC's Department of Campus Safety, under the auspices of the Division of Enrollment and Students Services, hosted an active shooter training Friday morning in the Georgia Lewis Theater.
Campus and local law enforcement officers, as well as CCC faculty and staff, attended the informative session led by Officer Dale Jones and Lt. Jashub Israel of the Memphis Police Department, who gave tips regarding preparing and responding to an active shooter crisis.
“We want to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case we have a person on campus shooting people,” said CCC Director of Campus Safety, Chief Leon Williams. “Of course, we hope that nothing of that nature happens but you have to prepared. There has been a significant increase in the number of active-shooter events around the country, so we want to make sure everyone is educated about what to do and how to respond.”
Coahoma County Sheriff Charles Jones and members of his department were also in attendance.
“The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department is my first line … I have them on speed dial,” said Williams. “Sheriff Jones and I have a partnership where his department also responds to any crisis that may occur on the campus, so its very important that train shoulder to shoulder.”
Williams said his officers are now in the process of performing “walk-throughs” to ensure all campus door can lock from the inside. Plans are also in the works to host an active shooter drill on campus, he said.
CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event on CCC’s Facebook page.