Southern University Police partners with citizenAID to help civilians prepare for potential mass violence incidents on campus


SUPD Squad Car

The Southern University Police Department (SUPD) is helping educate civilians with life-saving strategies in the event of a mass shooting or other violence campus.

“While it is extremely unfortunate that violence occurs in places where we should feel safe, we must take the necessary precautions on all fronts,” said SUPD Chief Joycelyn Johnson. “With these partnerships, we are able to offer this course and tools in hopes that they can help many people in our community.”

A workshop event will be held Nov. 18-19. The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice in partnership with citizenAID, a disaster prevention organization.

According to Southern, the topics will include threat analysis, the application of physical security systems and procedures to incidents of mass violence, emergency plan development and assessment, and law enforcement response issues. 

Earlier this year, SUPD partnered with citizensAID to provide “drop bags,” which contain the necessary supplies to help save a wounded person before medical professionals arrive on the scene, and training for civilians.

Photo of “drop bag” used to stabilize victim of mass shooting or mass violence event. Provided by SUPD.

“I am thrilled that Southern University has adopted citizenAID training for its public safety team and has installed our life-saving equipment to protect the students on campus,” said citizenAID CEO Bob Otter. 

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