There are more than 70-thousand people on campus any given day at the University of Florida. This is a lot of possible targets and a lot of people to protect.
But UF Police Chief Linda Stump reassures legislators that if anything happens, her force won't hesitate.
"If I'm one of the first two people there, I'm going in," Stump said.
It's what's called the engagement model: rushing in right away.
As both the Senate's higher education chair and someone with thirty years of law enforcement experience, it's what Steve Oelrich said must be happening at all Florida schools. He said it's something he didn't see happening at Virginia Tech, but something that would happen at UF.
University of Florida police say they already have one of the strongest plans in place and one of the best relationships with other agencies in the area. In Alachua County, it's a partnership: The Sheriff's Office, Fire Rescue, Gainesville Police Department and Gainesville Fire Rescue. They are ready to jump on board to help the university.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has an award winning SWAT team. Sheriff Sadie Darnell said this group is key to surviving any possible attacks.
"You so need to have that special group of people that know what to do without even communicating verbally," Darnell said.
This Friday, ASO will unveil their new SWAT team vehicle. They say nothing and no one can stop it.
By Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV-20 News
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