Lake Region State College began a safety and security initiative during the fall semester of 2013.

Lake Region State College began a safety and security initiative during the fall semester of 2013.
One of the results of this initiative was completed on Monday, Aug. 21 at the Devils Lake City Commission with  the signing and approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Lake Region State College (LRSC) through the Lake Region State College Police Department (LRPD) and the City of Devils Lake through the Devils Lake Police Department (DLPD).

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Lloyd Halvorson is a licensed peace officer in the state of North Dakota. He is one of four licensed peace officers on the LRSC staff who now comprise the new police force for the college campus. The other three are John Maritato, Leo Rognlin and Steve Nicola, all instructors for the LRSC Peace Officer Training program.
Halvorson is quick to point out, “We’re not here to actively police the campus, we’re here to protect those that live, learn, and work here.”
He wants the campus and the community of Devils Lake to know that the new police force at the

college is there to be first responders in the event of the unthinkable.
With so many incidents reported in the news there was cause for concern Halvorson pointed out.

Incidents like that at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Ohio State, Sandy Hook, too many terrible, tragic and violent situations happen in the world.

More recently there was the intentional use of a vehicle to harm or kill people like in Charlottesville, Va. and in several other places around the world.

Although no one wants to believe events like these could happen right here in Devils Lake, this can be an opportunity for dialogue and preparation should the unthinkable ever happen here.

It all started with a question at LRSC, “Are we ready?”

LRSC President Doug Darling decided, “I want to save lives.” That was his bottom line.

They’ve talked about security on campus and  run drills, both table-top and acting, all to prepare for responding to events that they hope will never happen.
Since 2013 a score of changes have been adopted on campus, all to increase security and safety for everyone.

Those changes include utilizing the Assurance NM electronic (email, phone and text) notification system to alert faculty, staff and students of an emergency on campus.
Upgrading cameras on campus to digital and adding cameras to provide interior and exterior coverage of the campus property.
Additional lighting at entrances and along the library using brighter LED fixtures to enhance safety have been installed.
Even simple things, like replacing  classroom and office door knobs to enable them to be locked from the inside. Previously, faculty and staff had to open the door, enter the hallway and utilize a key to lock the door.
Glass walls in the Student Services Department and the Campus Day Care was eliminated for better security.
Consultants from the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate (ALICE) Training Institute provided a “train the trainer” course first to several key members of the LRSC staff and faculty, then to all faculty and staff.

Plus a formal Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established to provide for intervention when students, faculty or staff demonstrate behavior that could indicate they may pose a danger to themselves or others.

All these and many more changes have been made to increase security on the LRSC campus.
This new police force is not intended to take the place of the Devils Lake Police Department. The DLPD will continue to provide all patrol and investigative services and retain jurisdiction for all situations once they are on site.