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Governor Creates Campus Security Task Force Following VA Tech Shootings


In response to the shootings at Virginia Tech, Missouri's governor has created a statewide campus security task force. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Governor Matt Blunt has charged the task force with evaluating campus emergency response plans and looking for ways to improve communication between colleges and universities and law enforcement.

Task force members will include state and local law enforcement, leaders of public and private universities, and college students.

There were already some informal discussions about improving campus safety in Missouri...But now Blunt says it's time to formalize those discussions.

Blunt says the task force will provide information that parents and students need.

"This task force will be charged with enhancing our ongoing efforts to make every school campus in Missouri a safe place, where Missouri parents know that their children's lives are valued. This group will focus on initiatives that improve safety standards, heighten security within buildings and facilities on campus."

On Tuesday, Blunt held a conference call for several university administrators, including leaders from Missouri State University.

Blunt says the conference assured him that universities are doing a good job when it comes to safety.

The task force is expected to release its report this fall.