TUPD talks campus safety following MSU shooting

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Following the recent shooting at Michigan State University, the Troy University Police Department (TUPD) says it is working to prevent such a tragedy from happening on TROY’s campus.

According to TUPD Chief George Beaudry, all university officers have undergone active shooter training and know what to do in the event of a campus shooting.

“We call it single-officer response for active shooter training,” Beaudry said.

In addition to active shooter training, university police officers are also trained to spot potential threats. It is a skill Beaudry says students can also have.

“You should be on the lookout for heavy clothing in in warm weather,” Beaudry explained. “Change behavior from someone you’ve known you know for a while and and then all of a sudden there’s there’s a change in behavior. There’s a change in demeanor. There may be a change in hygiene. Anybody who makes statements to the effect of ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to do something.’ Anything that even remotely alarms you, make the report.”

In the case of a shooting, Beaudry urges students and staff to run, hide, and if necessary, fight.

“Everyone has a hard time with thinking about ‘What do I?’ That’s why we teach in the simplest terms run, hide, fight.”

According to TUPD’s website, “security checks are done throughout the nights checking dorms to ensure all the doors are locked and windows are closed. Parking lots and other areas of low light are checked to make certain these areas have the proper lighting.”

Additional police services can be found on TUPD’s website. In addition, users can utilize the department’s Secret Witness Hotline.