Police departments at Indiana universities, like their counterparts across the country, are taking steps to pre-empt–not just respond to–crime and disaster by hiring security experts and placing more emphasis on emergency preparedness, the Indianapolis Star reports. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) hired a homeland security expert in January. The University of Indianapolis Police Department’s new chief is a military veteran who helped secure U.S. bases overseas. And college police forces statewide are brushing up on federal emergency procedures, even as campuses have quieted down for the summer. "Before, if I were a chief, I would sit down and go, ‘I’ve got a door here, this is a dormitory, I need 24-hour access,’" said campus security consultant Bill Westfall. "Now they’ve got to think in terms we wouldn’t have 20 years ago … ‘What happens if I had a pandemic flu? What happens if I had an attack by a student inside of that building? What happens if I had a potential suicide by a student on the fourth floor?’" Focusing on preparedness is new for the University of Indianapolis, whose new police chief, Michael Reddick, a former Marion County sheriff’s deputy and U.S. Army Reservist, trained soldiers in Iraq and helped secure U.S. bases in Europe. When the school last hired a chief nearly two decades ago, the ability to juggle schedules of city and county police working part-time at the school was one of the most important jobs, associate vice president David Wantz said. This time, administrators did not consider applicants who lacked emergency preparedness training, Wantz said…

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