UNLV recognizes officers who stopped shooting, announces more recovery efforts in town hall

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UNLV held a town hall on Monday to update university staff members, students, and the public on recovery efforts since the shooting last December.

UNLV President Dr. Keith Whitfield started the town hall by recognizing the officers who helped stop the shooter on Dec. 6, 2023. Those two officers were Detective Nathaniel Drum and Officer Damian Garcia of the University Police Department.

They were presented with gratitude coins and will also be honored in Reno on May 2 for their heroic actions.

The Chancellors Committee on Public Safety then announced 10 courses of action they are working on including budget and grant requests for up to $7 million dollars for updates to 911 centers, additional security exercise training, and more cameras on campus.

Adam Garcia, the Director of Police Services at UNLV, said the funding they secured from the state allows them to continue their extra campus security officers through the rest of the year, not only at their campus but also at the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State.

Other recommendations that were brought up include new locks on doors, panic alarms, and the creation of a system-wide emergency notification system.

As for Beam Hall, where the shooting happened, there will be a permanent security officer and new cameras there and the building will open up this fall with 160 classes scheduled.

A new program was unveiled to reimburse facility and staff for mental health costs they incurred because of the shooting and a temporary memorial site is also in the works.

Dr. Whitfield left the gathering with a request for feedback on their efforts and this message, “Ask somebody how they are doing, and ask them twice.”

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