Today at 1 p.m. Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Chief Rebecca Whitman held a follow-up meeting about the semi automatic handgun magazine that was found on campus this morning.
GRCC students, faculty staff, members from the campus police department and President Bill Pink attended today’s meeting.
Whitman stated in the meeting that a semi automatic handgun magazine was found in one of the bathroom stalls in Cook Hall.
“We don’t know why it was there,” said Whitman. “We are investigating it, we’re trying to investigate the origin of the magazine. We have some leads … ”
Whitman said that after the loaded magazine was discovered, all GRCC police officers were notified. GRCC police also called the Grand Rapids Police Department who brought over an off-duty canine who searched through Cook Hall, the Main Building and the Student Center for any weapons or suspicious items.
During the search, students who were roaming around campus and were unable to go anywhere else were directed to the GRCC student center and Sneden Campus welcome center so that the police could conduct a their search.
“We are a very safe campus,” Whitman said. “I think we are safer today than we were yesterday.”
At the beginning of the meeting, Whitman talked briefly about the weapons policy and what is considered a weapon and who is allowed to have a weapon. Here is a link to GRCC’s weapons policy. Students and faculty members who are a part of the police academy or culinary arts and law enforcement are allowed to the carry culinary knives or authorized weapons used as part of their programs.
During the meeting President Pink emphasized how significant this event was to GRCC and said we should all be a little more vigilant in our everyday lives.
“We are going to do everything we can to do our best to make sure that at the end of the day faculty, staff and students on this campus can feel as safe as possible,” Pink said.
For individuals interested in attending one of the other meetings being held there will be two other meetings available. The second one is tonight at 5.pm. And the third meeting will be tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Both meetings are being held at the multi-purpose room at the Student Center.
Whitman advises GRCC students, staff and faculty to make sure that everyone reports what they see.
“If you see something (suspicious) in a parking ramp, or in an elevator or walking to or from your car … call us at the time,” Whitman said.
For more information, click this link.