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Hawaii campus security protocols reviewed following Oregon college shooting

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

College campuses across Hawaii have long had security protocols in place.  In the wake of the Oregon shootings, they’re being reviewed.

"It is an issue that's definitely on the radar of our security and emergency personnel," said Dan Meisenzahl, UH Manoa Spokesman.

"Across the 10 campus system is our UH alert system which is text alerts, email alerts and they're sent out whenever there's a situation where there might be some risk to life" he added.

Those messages include instructions on what to do in different scenarios.  UH also has unarmed security services.  Additionally, disaster training has taken place at some of the community colleges, as well as Chaminade.

HPU has similar protocols in place, but also has different challenges from other campuses because of its urban setting.

"We do have security patrolling all the time.  We have security in our buildings, in front of our buildings and we're constantly watching to make sure our students are safe" said Richard Rapoza, Director of Strategic Communications at HPU.

Given the heavy firepower brought on campus in Oregon, would local colleges ever consider arming their own staff?

"I don't think so.  We're more trusting here, we're a different kind of community here” said Rapoza.

"That's something decision makers, leaders within our university, state government and federal government are going to have to make" said Meisenzahl.

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