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CCRI faculty, staff invited to threat training

Dec. 17, 2013

Thousands of students, faculty, staff, contractors and community members access each of the Community College of Rhode Island’s four campuses each day. To help keep those campuses safe and secure, the more eyes that are available to assist in the task, the better. It’s in that spirit that the college is offering training sessions for bomb threats and related topics at each of the four campuses this month and next, said Campus Police Capt. Timothy Poulin.

Poulin said that after the Boston Marathon bombings, safety officials in all sectors experienced a spike of calls for service around unattended packages. A bomb hoax was called into the Campus Police at the Liston Campus in Providence this fall, Poulin said. Although nothing came of the incident, it served to underscore that these issues remain a concern for public safety officers on campus and beyond.

The training sessions likely will be 90 minutes in length, depending upon the question-and-answer sessions that follow, said Poulin. Sgt. Allen Valliere, a 23-year veteran of the Warwick Police force, will lead the sessions. Poulin approached Valliere after taking a Police Academy training he led last year following the Marathon bombings. Valliere is highly experienced in the field as a bomb technician and a member of the Rhode Island State Bomb Squad in addition to his post as an instructor at the R.I. Municipal Police Training Academy.

During the sessions, which are mandatory for Campus Police and maintenance personnel and are open to all other faculty and staff of the college, Poulin said that Valliere will address unattended and suspicious items, warning indicators that might tip off observers to danger, safety measures, bomb threats and threat assessments, as well as building searches and evacuations.

“This training will allow any worker, no matter what his or her capacity, to observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary and confidently either call the Campus Police or, if appropriate, address it,” said Poulin, noting that threat assessments and appropriate responses are a vital part of the training.

Training employees on various scenarios and procedures ultimately allows safety officials to do their job more effectively, said Poulin, who gave the example of training employees to take their belongings with them in the event of an evacuation following the discovery of a suspicious package. “That way there’s a lot less clutter when the investigation and search starts,” he said.

Poulin noted that employees could continue to benefit from the training in their own lives away from the college as well as helping to promote stewardship on campus.

“We’re all stakeholders in the safety of the college,” said Poulin. “But also, learning to be aware of your surroundings day in and day out – whether it pertains to bomb scares or anything else – f is a benefit.”

The first session was held today at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. A session will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Room 2246 at the Liston Campus in Providence. Additional sessions will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Room 134 at the Newport County Campus and at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in Room 4080 on the Knight Campus. The Knight Campus session will be videotaped and used for training new hires in the Campus Police Department in the future, said Poulin.    

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