Active Shooter Response, Preparedness, and Prevention

Education is Our Goal

The Ferris Department of Public Safety has been working to educate the Ferris Community about Active Shooter Response, Preparedness, and Prevention through a presentation taught by police officers and emergency preparedness officials. President Eisler has directed that we make every effort to reach all faculty and staff to deliver this information. This may be presented during one large presentation or broken down into smaller groups to accommodate individual departments.

This presentation provides:

  • An update of task force initiatives deriving from the Virginia Tech shootings
  • Appropriate response and survival techniques for an active shooter situation
  • Personal emergency preparedness information
  • Campus emergency communication and procedure updates

When scheduling this presentation, please have the following information available:

  1. How much actual time is available
  2. The number of people in your group
  3. The departments that will be attending
  4. Preferred Date
  5. Preferred Time
  6. Location

A projector, computer and speakers will also need to be supplied for a DVD and PowerPoint presentation. Please note that audio is an important aspect of this training.

To schedule a presentation, please contact William Saunders or Nicholas Greenway at the Ferris Department of Public Safety by calling (231) 591-5000.

FY 2005 Accomplishments & Ongoing Efforts

Emergency Response Planning

2005 begins the first full calendar year for the Department of Public Safety to implement the new emergency response plan. Last year was primarily devoted to the development of a new emergency response plan that will better address today's environment of both natural and man-made calamities. This matter was recently highlighted by the timely rewriting of the BOT policy letter on emergency management and homeland security.

Public Safety has taken the call for homeland security preparation very seriously by getting the campus community ready for the inevitable emergency of whatever type. This year is devoted to campus community awareness, coordination with other communities and their respective agencies, and the training and exercising of emergency response personnel on campus. This includes the Grand Rapids facilities as well.

Parallel with the Emergency Response Planning mentioned above is the necessity that all Americans get informed and for those who can, to get involved. Public Safety will be working with students to learn of the methods and necessity of volunteering to help other students, faculty and staff to be prepared in the case of a CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive) event.

Police Mobile Data Computers

The police department has joined with local agencies and all of our patrol vehicles are equipped with mobile data computers. This includes an AVL (automatic vehicle locator) function, word processing of reports in the car, and textual and graphic communicating between dispatch and the officer on the street. This significantly reduces the voice communication adding considerably to security and privacy from citizens "listening-in". The computers are funded by Meceola Central Dispatch.

Ferris State University Traffic Safety Team (FSUTST)

An excellent opportunity presented itself during 2004 when a SGFSU president approached the public safety director to share concerns on matters of pedestrian travel among motor vehicles. Consequently, a pedestrian safety committee was formed, which was later named the FSU Pedestrian Safety Task Force. What began as a request to assist in a school project is now a major safety initiative.  

On September 27, 2005, a student having a long affiliation with traffic safety advocacy in Lansing, requested the FSU Pedestrian Safety Task Force now be known as the Ferris State University Traffic Safety Team (FSUTST).  As a result, the FSUTST has more of a broad approach, and places a focus on all essential areas of traffic safety, many of which can impact pedestrian safety.  Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 through 33.

Currently, the student, who is also a FSUTST representative, is working in partnership with the FSU Public Safety on web pages, professional posters and brochures, and public service announcements for radio, television, and the media. This student, and public safety officers are presenting the merits of traffic safety to many student groups, and the greater campus community.

Area law enforcement and civic leaders have participated in the problem analysis and response. This makes it a practical tool for safety throughout the expanded community,and a useful rallying point for a FSU and Big Rapids partnership in a matter of great concern and common interest.

Please visit the Ferris State University Traffic Safety Team (FSUTST) informational page for more information and resources. The informational page is provided for the FSUTST courtesy of the Michigan Highway Traffic Safety Alliance (MHTSA). The page is not a part of Ferris State University.

Parking Management System

The parking resource management system currently in place is quickly becoming inadequate for our purposes. The new system called T2 PowerPark Flex is both considerably more sophisticated in its management value and yet is very user friendly. It is a web-based system which will be a greater convenience to our students and conserve human resource by streamlining processes which are now labor intensive.

This is the next logical step in our Comprehensive Parking Management Effort begun last year to offer more parking spaces to those who have paid to park and are following the law. Clearly, eliminating unnecessary inconvenience to our customer students helps to foster a positive feeling in other Ferris matters. This includes their campus experience in the classroom and in the living arrangements and transportation facilities.

Community Policing Coordinator

The key to excellent community policing is having it practiced as a philosophy rather than a program. In this way, all of the officers are making closeness with the community the function of everyday business. There are many opportunities within the community to be a part of their activities and their lives, but a person to orchestrate that is a real asset. One officer has been given the additional responsibility to guide the rest of us to join with the campus community. This includes attending meetings and events where we can appreciate our relationship with one another and what that means to the quality of campus life.