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BCC prepares for armed security force

Memo outlines equipment cost

POSTED July 15, 2017 2:56 p.m.

The new law that allows concealed weapons to be carried on campus has caused administrators at many Kansas community colleges to rethink security polices. Barton Community College administrators are recommending that the college provide its officers with guns and other equipment, as well as training, at an estimated total cost of $22,458.
Officers of the Campus Safety Department will be considered as non-certified officers, with jurisdiction over Barton Community College property.
A memo from Vice President of Administration Mark Dean outlines recommendations for the Campus Safety Department. The following are excepts:
As of July 1, the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act allows students, faculty, staff and visitors to conceal carry on the campus. This includes inside all educational buildings, athletic facilities and dorms.
Before the law passed, Kansas City Community College was the only one of the state’s 19 community colleges with an armed police force. Since then, four more community colleges — Johnson County, Butler, Garden City and Cloud County — have opted to allow their officers to carry weapons. Some have full police sources, others have non-certified officers that carry weapons and one uses a combination of in-house officers and contracted officers.
Barton’s insurance carrier offers a supplemental Law Enforcement Policy that covers weapons issued to college employees as part of their employment for $5,000 a year.

Options for officer protection
Until now, the policy memo notes, Barton’s Campus Safety Officers have been asked to respond to situations with “no method of providing any degree of self-protection.” As of July 1, they do have the legal right to carry concealed weapons. The administration’s recommendation calls for a variety of equipment, such as batons and stun guns, giving officers a number of options.
“For almost all options, policies and training will have to be developed, strictly adhered to, and will take considerable time and effort to develop and implement.” Training is available through the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the college’s own Criminal Justice Department for minimal costs.
“Officers would first receive training on the body armor and handcuffs, and would then progress to defensive sprays, batons, Tasers, and lastly firearms. No officer would carry or use any equipment until trained on its use, and until they were instructed on the college policies and procedures which allowed the use of the equipment.”
In addition to the equipment recommendation, the college is continuing to upgrade its camera systems. Installation and maintenance of the cameras was once done in-house, but the memo recommends it be out-sourced to Nex-Tech.
“This is much like our leased phone system on campus and our camera system at Camp Aldrich.”
A Campus Safety Committee that includes staff and students will be asked to determine any areas of concerns on campus, such as exterior light, access or hazards.

Recommended Personal Protective Equipment, Firearms, and Less Lethal Equipment

Quantity... Item... Description... Unit Price... Total
7 Glock 17 9mm semi auto pistol $409.00 $2,863.00
7 Blackhawk Lvl 3 Duty Holster lvl 3 holster for pistol (most secure) $79.91 $559.37
14 Glock 17 Mag Extra 9mm magazines $20.00 $280.00
7 Blackhawk duty belt combo Duty belt with pouches $86.93 $608.51
7 Blackhawk Mag Pouch Magazine pouch $23.00 $161.00
3 Cleaning Kit Pistol cleaning kits $15.00 $45.00
3 Cleaning Picks Cleaning picks $5.71 $17.13
3 Handcuffs (already own) Handcuffs $0.00 $0.00
7 21” Baton 21”baton $48.45 $339.15
7 Defense Spray OC defense spray $10.03 $70.21
20 Federal 9mm HP 50RDS/BX Duty ammunition $22.52 $450.40
20 Federal 9mm FMJ 50RDS/BX Practice ammunition - Training $13.18 $263.60
7 Lvl 2 Ballistic Panel Soft armor plate $593.75 $4,156.25
7 Soft Trauma Plate Plate that absorbs the energy from bullet to prevent injury $21.87 $153.09
7 Concealable Carrier body armor and trauma plate carrier $75.00 $525.00
3 Taser Taser $964.05 $2,892.15
3 XPPM Battery Pack Battery for Taser $68.02 $204.06
7 Blackhawk Taser Holster Taser holster $57.04 $399.28
6 Cartridge 25’ Taser projectile $29.30 $175.80
7 Cartridge Simulation Non-electrified practice projectile $25.29 $177.03
3 Taser Warranty - 4 year Warranty for Taser $297.75 $893.25
7 Psych Test and Background check Estimate - Wichita based company BSO uses $175.00 $1,225.00
1 Annual Professional Development/Training Estimate – Depends on turnover within the department.
Most of the training costs are minimal. $1,000.00 $1,000.00
1 Law Enforcement Ins. Policy per year Policy to cover Taser and firearm use-conditions apply $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Total $22,458.28

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