Butler Community College to get $6 million in security upgrades

EL DORADO, Kan. (KWCH) It's a situation no one wants, an active shooter on campus, but it's something many colleges have to be prepared for.

It's one reason Butler Community College is going through a digital transformation, adding hundreds of cameras to campus and creating a new app so students can report crimes and emergencies.

"We have cameras going up every day," said Chief of Police Jason Kenney.

When the upgrade is finished, there will be about 420 cameras capturing multiple angles.

Kenney says these new cameras will not only deter crime but also allow them to see what's going on almost anywhere on campus.

"The only thing we don't have cameras in our locker rooms, dorms and bathrooms," said Kenney

As part of the digital transformation, students and staff can download the new Grizzly Safe App. They will be able to report crimes, push an emergency button so police can find them, get push alerts and mass notifications.

The app also allows students to keep track of the college's social media and get help with issues like sexual assault or suicide.

Eventually, all doors at Butler Community College will also have card key access.

"If we had an incident, we could shut the campus down."

Kenney says this campus is the only one in Kansas with a system this advanced and says if something does happen, they'll be prepared.

"Unfortunately, bad things do happen and like I said, we just want to stay ahead of that," said Kenney.

He says all the upgrades should be installed by spring or summer and taxpayers are helping pay the cost of the upgrades.