Lenoir Community College beefs up security on campus - WNCT

Lenoir Community College beefs up security on campus

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KINSTON, N.C. -

Every week it seems as though you hear about another shooting at a school. In light of recent shootings, Lenoir Community College is beefing up security.

" With all the things that are happening around the country, we decided that we needed to maybe look at our emergency response plan and our security. So, the first thing we did was go to a campus police. So we have armed campus police now, " said Vice President of Administrative Services, Deborah Sutton.

The officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The college also added a siren and upgraded their text message alert system.

Another part of campus security is identification. Badges, which are color coordinated to let campus police know who is walking around campus.

Some students say the changes were uncomfortable at first, but they do feel safer.

" If somebody comes and they don't have a badge, they could be an intruder; so, you never know. I think it's a good idea," said student Dontario Hart.

" Since we do have it here, it does indeed make me feel safer, then going on a campus where they didn't have protection," said student Wesley Thingpen.

The increased security measures are costing the university about $100, 000. However, the university says the safety of the students and staff is a main priority.

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