Campus officials increase security measures

Although Florida A&M University may not appear to be a target, there should still be a high level of awareness on campus, said FAMU Police Deputy Chief Mike Wallace.

According to Wallace, since Sept. 11, there has been a slight increase in the FAMU Police Department budget, which was used for more security cameras and better lighting. Wallace said the police department wants to maintain calmness around campus.

“One of our goals is not to arouse fear. We are answering all calls, checking all packages and suspicious individuals,” he said.

“We are taking nothing for granted. We are responding to everything whether it seems large or small.”

Emphasis has also been placed on domestic security in the state.

In October 2001, Gov. Bush issued an executive order sending seven Domestic Security Task Forces throughout the state, along with several initiatives to be discussed with the Domestic Security Oversight Board.

Those issues included, seaport security, extra training for officers and public school awareness education and training.

“This Domestic Security Oversight Board provides the opportunity for Florida’s leaders, including our seven Regional Domestic Security Task Force Chairs to come together to develop strategies that provide a coordinated effort to prevent terrorism in Florida,” said Tim Moore, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The department’s budget for the year was over $266.9 million, a 5 percent increase from 2001, they invested $27 million of it to protecting Florida’s port areas.

Moore said the need for safety warrants the security measures and increased spending.

“In the event (an attack) occurs, it ensures the capability and capacity for immediate response and recovery.”