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Obama400wLast month, Montgomery College Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, Shawn Harrison, attended a White House-sponsored meeting among law enforcement executives from across the country to discuss the future of policing practices.

This was the fourth in a series of meetings of law enforcement officers from around the country aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Final Report of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. President Obama addressed the group. See the full video here.

Back on campus Ms. Harrison has made numerous changes to enhance the safety of students, faculty, and staff since she arrived on campus a year ago.

The public safety officers on each campus have been re-trained and the number of patrols have been increased. Most faculty and staff will be required to attend an active-shooter training during the coming academic year. Staff must now wear identification cards at all times on campus.

In addition, Montgomery College has established a new comprehensive communications plan should an emergency occur on one of our campuses.

“There’s nothing more important than letting people know accurate and timely information during an emergency situation,” said Harrison. “The safety of our students and employees is our top priority.”

Under the leadership of Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, Ms. Harrison established an internal workgroup to make recommendations to enhance safety on all three campuses. The workgroup will also advise Dr. Pollard on matters of public safety, review training protocols and focus effective and timely communications, should an incident occur on or near an MC campus.