Preparing for shootings a part of campus life in California

Oct 12, 2015 2:02 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public colleges and universities have taken seriously the task of preparing for the threat of mass shootings, although decisions about how to do so are made by individual campuses rather than system-wide, administrators and public safety experts said.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Trounson says the University of California has spent more than $17 million on enhancing security at its 10 campuses in the last five years. The money has gone toward such measures as emergency alert systems.

The California State University's 23 campuses each have their own police departments with responsibility to develop and implement plans individually tailored to their size and location, system spokeswoman Toni Molle said.

The California Community College system, which with 113 campuses is the nation's largest higher education system, does not currently require schools to have security or training plans for active shooters.

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