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Campus Security

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Just before sunset on the Mt. Mercy University campus there are footsteps. Not just from students, but from those protecting them.

We have between 2 to three officers per shift patrolling, said public safety director Blake Mikesell. Whether that's using a vehicle, on foot patrol, or watching cameras.

Mikesell says those officers can cover a lot of ground, as the small campus offers advantages when it comes to safety.

It does offer us a quicker environment in which to respond.

Even though the 1,800 student campus has been relatively quiet, the incident at ISU Monday shows you always have to be ready. That takes practice to achieve perfection.

We need to drill and we need to practice to make sure everybody knows the procedures are out there instead of reading them online, or being shown here's where your procedures are at, Mikesell said.

With drills scheduled every semester, including a shooting drill next spring, students say they have a piece of mind when they step on their campus.

I feel generally safe I know safety and security's numbers have it saved in my phone, student Chelsea Chase said.

However, recent campus shootings across the county have some concerned for other schools.

You can carry a gun around and no one will know - that kinda concerns me, Chase said. 

I think campus security is good, but can be better, student Aaron Lacy said.

Lacy says campuses can take a page from Mt. Mercy's book - or rather, walk in their footsteps.

I like to see the security around, doing rounds, that sense of security helps you feel better and helps you feel better and stop potential perpetrators, Lacy said.

In addition to that shooting drill next spring, the campus will also perform a nighttime drill this semester so they can practice emergency scenarios here in the dark.
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