By Stephanie Barrette-Sept 22, 2022
Though officers most often aid in nonemergency calls such as finding missing property or assisting students with a jump start, recent and tragic shooting events,..
“Unfortunately, due to the current climate and the increase of active shooter events across the nation, there is a call for more frequent training,” said Police Chief Edwin Kaup. “This call for an increase in training is made by the university as a whole.”
Officers already complete multiple days annually of active shooter training tailored to law enforcement, but the department and university leadership wanted to provide something more this fall — active shooter preparedness training for civilians.
“It isn’t due to any actual or current threats to campus,” Kaup said. “It’s that we understand everyone’s growing concerns, so we have dedicated ourselves to equipping the campus community with all the safety resources and tools available and allocated personnel to deliver this training for those who wish to take advantage of it.”
The police department is offering two-hour training presentations on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. throughout the fall semester, though officers can also accommodate departments’ unique scheduling needs. Interested departments can email Capt. Jeff Martinez at Jeff.Martinez@mtsu.edu to book a training.