The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) was established to review state and local security plans and to make recommendations for changes that would better protect Missouri citizens. In the aftermath of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, The Governor established a task force on campus security.The Campus Security Task Force Report, issued August 21, 2007 entitled, "Securing Our Future: Making Colleges and Universities Safe Places to Learn and Grow" provided several recommendations, one of which was to create a Higher Education Subcommittee (HES) of the HSAC to better address security issues for higher education.
The HES members are representative of the rich diversity of higher education institutions across Missouri. The Homeland Security Coordinator serves an ex-officio member of the HES. The higher education official on the HSAC serves as chair of the HES. The following groups have at least one representative on the HES:
- Law Enforcement and Fire Safety
- Campus Public Safety
- Faculty and Administrators
- Mental Health and Health-Related Professions
- Information Technology
July 16, 2013--Conference Call, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- September 26, 2012
- January 23, 2013
- April 24, 2013
Did You Know?
Conceal and Carry
Proposed Missouri House Bill 70 (Rep. Mike Kelley) allows a teacher or school administrator to carry a concealed firearm into a higher education institution or elementary or secondary school if he or she has a valid concealed carry endorsement or permit. The bill was referred to House General Laws in February, but has not been heard in committee to date. On April 23, 2013, Representative Brattin added an amendment to HB 859 allowing for elementary or secondary school teachers or administrators to be designated as school protections officers which would require them to conceal and carry on campus.
- 49 out of 50 states have conceal and carry weapons laws
- 21 states ban carrying concealed weapons on college campuses
- 23 states' decisions to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses made by each college or university individually
- 5 states have provisions allowing concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses (Statistics from the National Conference of State Legislatures, August 2012)
Campus Police Officers
HB 312 (Rep. Thomson) and SB 296 (Sen. Lager) would extend authority to campus police officers to enforce general motor vehicle laws and regulations which do not currently have that authority specifically in statute. SB 296 was heard in Senate committee, but not voted on. HB 312 has crossed chambers and was heard in committee on April 17, but not voted on. The language is also included in SB 67 (Sen. Dixon) and SB 282 (Sen. Wasson) which have both crossed chambers adn been referred to committee in the House.
Conferences & Training
IS100.HE: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 for Higher Education--FREE three hour online course that introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training.