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UM Campus Police Take Part in Active Shooter Training

Three University Police Department officers begin another day of patrol, keeping the Ole Miss campus safe for students, faculty and staff. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Campus Ranked Among Safest in Nation, Officials Say

Officers with the University of Mississippi Police Department are being trained to respond quickly and effectively to possible active shooter situations.

The training is mandatory for all UPD officers, and the curriculum includes classroom lecture, instructor demonstration and force-on-force scenario-based application.

“Our officers are trained in necessary concepts and principles that would allow us to tactically deal with a threat to our community,” said Lt. Jesse Richards, UPD training and operations officer. “We train to provide a response that is both quick and effective, minimizing the loss of life and injured.”

Last March, the university was ranked among the nation’s safest college campuses by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, which ranked UM No. 64 nationally among public universities.

Ole Miss placed second among Southeastern Conference schools and ranks among the top 28 percent of college campuses on the list of 243 public and private higher education institutions with enrollments of more than 10,000.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security used the most recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety Security Survey to determine where schools ranked.

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