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Campus safety at HLGU remains a top priority

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -     After a recent string of violence on college campuses across the US, one tri-state university is paying extra attention to keeping students and staff safe.
    Hannibal-LaGrange University senior, Sarhea Hall, says just seeing a Public Safety officer on campus makes her feel safe.

    "I know that people are here to protect me and make me feel comfortable," says Hall.

    Public Safety officials at HLGU say they are working around the clock.

    "Of course we do have full time staff members here in public safety, we do have armed officers, we have video surveillance of the campus," says Public Safety Director Albert Higdon.

    Higdon, says the university takes note of violence on college campuses across the country;  and the university realizes a stronger police presence is only part of the battle in keeping students safe.

    He says students must be fully prepared for dangerous situations, and know what to do.

    "You need to not panic, keep your wit about you so you can do what needs to be done to make yourself safe," says Higdon.

    Tyler Folster, is a Resident Advisor at HLGU, and watching out for his residents is a big part of his job. RA's receive Public Safety training, and Folster says because of it he can better protect his residents.

"The training that the public safety officers did with us RAs has helped me be on my guard," says Folster.

    HLGU officials say while no one can predict an emergency, they feel the campus is prepared should anything happen.

    The Public Safety officers at HLGU have been training alongside the Hannibal Police Department to help further their skills.

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