NJ colleges urged to get on the same security page

In the wake of recent college campus lockdowns and the Virginia Tech massacre last year, New Jersey?s homeland security director is urging all of the state?s campuses to get on the same security page.

After the Virginia Tech massacre, then acting New Jersey Gov. Dick Codey ordered a review of security plans at the state?s 59 public and private colleges and universities. In December, all of the campuses were required to turn in their emergency procedures to the state?s Homeland Security Department.

Homeland Security is now looking over the plans and will decide which campuses need to beef up security. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Director Richard Canas says going forward, every campus needs to follow the same rules in notifying students and authorities about an emergency. He also says all campuses need to train staff to properly spot a potentially dangerous student.

Police Chief Michael Lattimore, of the Rutgers Newark campus, says Canas has a good idea, but there could be one obstacle.

?It?s going to be difficult for it to be uniform because of budgetary constraints,? Lattimore says. ?I think that the different campuses will do everything they can to make their campuses safe, [but] there?s always the money problems.?

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