WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - MSU Police Chief Patrick Coggins watched today's events at Ohio State University unfold live online. He watched as hundreds of members of law enforcement converged on the Ohio State campus to try and track down an active shooter.
Chief Coggins said that he was not surprised to see a smooth operation as those teams worked together to search buildings and parking garages. There was only one suspect who was shot dead with in minutes of the first call coming in, but Chief Coggins also said that he feels that being ready is the best course to take.
"I don't think there's any degree of comfort anyone needs to have when it comes to an active shooter, its all about constant preparation and we at Midwestern State have done a number things very recently in fact to better insure are ability to respond," Chief Coggins said.
MSU has an alert system that has been used in the last few years for threats.
All of the university's faculty, staff and students are automatically enrolled in that alert system. It uses text messages and email to get the word out quickly when it's needed.
It's been used a few times in the last few years and worked well. They also use it for weather emergencies as well.
If you feel you should be signed up to the MSU alert system, you can sign up by going to the Midwestern State home page and search for alerts.