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Metro Police Review Campus Security Measures

In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, campus security concerns became a local law enforcement concern.

Metro Police held a special meeting with security teams from all of the areas colleges on Monday concerning campus security.

Vanderbilt's Police Department Chief Marlon Lynch said officers prepare themselves for anything, in case of unexpected scenarios.

"We go through the same certification process as any other police officer in the state of Tennessee. We're an actual police department, not a security department," Lynch said. "We're a community within the city. We could have any where up to 40,000 people on campus at one time."

At the Metro Police special meeting, a number of security teams from local colleges discussed campus security.

Metro wanted to review emergency plans that are already in place at area schools to develop better communication between the department and campuses.

"Metro's going to be the first person typically that people call," Metro Police Captain Anthony Carter said. "As an example if we were responding to TSU and we have all that critical information then that helps us."

Lynch believed a good working relationship between campus and metro police was the key to keeping students out of harm's way.

"It's a great relationship what we have with Metro Police Department, they assist us on quite a few things. Anything that would be out of our capabilities they'll respond to," TSU Police Chief Sylvia Russell said.

Metro police also said developing good emergency response plans was the best way to keep a small incident from becoming a big problem.

Officers said incidents like the shooting at Virginia Tech could happen again if colleges aren't prepared.

Metro police haven't set up a date for another meeting with the colleges, but they hope to keep the lines of communication open and planned to stay in contact with each of the campus departments.

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