Shortly before noon on Monday, Jan. 29, a student reported seeing a man wearing a holstered weapon at the Knight Campus to CCRI Campus Police. Campus Police alerted the Warwick Police Department, which arrived on campus within minutes of the call. The college launched a “shelter in place” message that was sent to students, faculty and staff via the RAVE Emergency Alert System, and multiple Warwick Police officers were deployed to the campus, including four stationed outside classrooms on the sixth floor.
After an extensive search, Warwick and CCRI Police determined that there was no active or credible threat and an “all clear” message was sent via emergency alert. At no point were there any corroborating reports of an armed individual reported to CCRI or Warwick Police. Campus Police said the timing, location and description of the individual indicates that he could have been a courier from the armored car service that works with our college bookstore.
We are immensely thankful for the quick and effective response from the CCRI and Warwick Police as well as our students, faculty and staff who remained calm and followed emergency procedures.
As part of our ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness, CCRI will hold a collegewide meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus to gather feedback that will drive process improvement and to outline future safety trainings for our college community. While we encourage you to join us for this session, we also will record it and post it on our website.