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BOG votes to secure safe campuses, enhance warning systems & hire emergency managers.
University system to seek more money for campus safety
Associated Press - March 27, 2008 11:34 AM ET
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state's university board says Florida should spend nearly $20 million extra to make sure campuses are safe from shooters like those that struck at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois.
The university system's Board of Governors voted Thursday to increase the university system's budget request to the Legislature by $18 million for a variety of safety-related expenses.
Among those are enhancements of warning systems that alert students to campus dangers, such as text messaging systems or sirens, and money to hire emergency managers for some universities.
If the money were allocated by the Legislature, some of it would also go for additional campus police officers and new equipment for them, like body armor.
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