PCC starts school year with new security measures
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima Community College has implemented several new safety measures including a text alert system and panic buttons on campus.
Officials with PCC tell KGUN9 the text alert system will provide accurate information and guidance about emergencies relating to the PCC community.
Anyone can sign up for the alerts by texting "alerts" to 79516. A confirmation message will be sent.
In addition to the text alerts, PCC has also installed new locks on all classrooms that can be locked from the inside by pushing a button.
They've also relocated or added 100 fire alarms and fire suppression devices on all six campus.
New panic buttons have been installed in certain "high-risk" locations at each campus. Activating the button will send a signal to PCC Department of Public Safety dispatchers who are on duty 24/7.
Also, four new campus police officers have been added, as well has two new dispatchers and 10 Community Service Officer positions.
The total cost of the new security measures is about $2.7 million.
Classes begin at PCC on August 28.