FAU police say extra security not necessary

NEWS

With the announced death of Osama Bin Laden last night, questions about security across the country have been raised.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway system in New York City, is still on “high alert,” said Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the agency, in an email to businessweek.com.

Not so at FAU.

The FAU police department felt it was unnecessary to have secondary protection on campus today in the event of any protests or celebrations.

“We have no information at the present that would lead us to go down that direction,” said Deputy Chief of Police Operations Keith Totten, when asked if there would be extra security. “We have our standard complement out.”

The Broward Sheriff’s Office agrees, and believes that extra security today is not needed. BSO spokesman Jim Leljedal said that his office has been in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and that the threat level across the country hasn’t been raised, diminishing the need for reinforcements.

However, in the event of a celebration or protest on campus today, perhaps in the Breezeway, the police department does indeed have a plan, but it is one they prefer not to reveal.

“We would do an operation plan-and-go,” said Totten about the plan of action for a celebration on campus. Totten declined to comment on what the plan entailed, citing safety measures.

That plan may come into effect sooner rather than later, as students expect to see much jubilation throughout campus.

“I expect to see a lot of celebrations,” said sophomore political science major Devan McGowan. “It hasn’t even been 24 hours since [his death] and I’ve already heard of about four parties people are throwing because of his death. May 1 is the new Fourth of July in a way.”

Some students even believe school should have been cancelled.

“I expect celebrations because everyone hated him,” said sophomore biology major Osama Qureshi. “We should have a day off.”