Oct 01, 2015
By President William F. Taylor
On behalf of the 1,100 institutions and more than 1,800 individual members who comprise the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA), we extend our deepest sympathies and support to the college community at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, upon learning of todays on-campus shooting. As of this writing, media outlets are reporting multiple casualties. According to local officials, the shooter was down.
This incident re-enforces the challenges campus public safety officers face on a daily basis. While campus shootings are relatively uncommon, we have seen multiple homicides at colleges and universities in recent years. As such, it is IACLEAs belief that each institution must have an updated emergency operations plan and provide regular training to campus public safety departments and all campus stakeholders. Campus public safety agencies must, and do, prepare for a variety of scenarios in their active shooter training. Additionally, campus public safety agencies must, and do, establish partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to train and respond to critical incidents that may occur on a college campus.
IACLEA provides resources and information to our members on how to develop emergency operations plans and training on critical incident response management.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Umpqua Community College community as they go through this difficult time.
Gwen Fitzgerald, Director of Communications
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