Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

July 22, 2004
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216 or Bernard Alex at (562) 907-4211
Reference: 2004-05 #1


Whittier College to Host WMD Awareness Course

          Whittier College will host a one-day course on Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness (WMDA) training, Friday, July 23 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Ettinger Faculty Center on campus. Bernard C. Alex, Sr., chief of campus safety at Whittier, along with two of his staff members, will teach the workshop to about 30 college and university campus safety officers from throughout California.

          The training is funded by a grant awarded to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) by the federal Department of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness. Over the next two years the $2 million grant will provide for initial training of nearly 30,000 first-responders from campuses throughout the United States, Alex said.

          The course curriculum was developed by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education located at Louisiana State University. The academy has already trained several hundred campus law enforcement and public safety officers around the country to deliver the WMD training.
This is the first time that campus public safety has been recognized, on this scale, for direct receipt of federal training dollars, according to Kenneth A. Willett, public safety director at the University of Montana and IACLEA president. “Traditionally, we had been left out of the loop for this type of training for our officers. Fortunately, the enormous vulnerability inherent in a campus environment is now being recognized by the funding agencies,” Willett said.

          There are more than 4,000 college and universities in the United States, which collectively represent a community equal to the population of some states. Campus populations vary from under 1,000 to larger institutions that serve populations exceeding 50,000 people. Often the campus is larger then city it is located in. This training opportunity gives IACLEA the ability to pull all of these campuses together and provide a high quality standard of training to a group of first responders that has previously been left out.

          The WMDA training is available to all college and universities in the country, including two- and four-year institutions, public and private colleges, and school district police and security.

          IACLEA was founded in 1958 by a group of 11 college and university security directors to address common issues. Today, IACLEA has members around the globe representing more than 1,600 campus law enforcement, public safety and security departments. To learn more visit the web site at www.iaclea.org.

          Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

 

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