Dallas Twp. PD, Misericordia collaborate to purchase active shooter response vests


The Dallas Township Police Department, with support from Misericordia University, has purchased several Active Shooter Response Kits for use by police officers and other emergency personnel who would respond to a high-risk situation on campus or in the neighboring communities.

The university agreed to provide funding for 15 ballistic vests upon a request from Dallas Township Police Chief Robert Jolley. Ten vests were issued to members of the police department and the remaining vests will be stored in the department’s emergency response truck to be made available to other emergency responders who answer the call to an incident on campus or in Dallas Township.
“This is one way to show how grateful our Misericordia University family is to the brave men and women who ensure our campus and communities are safe for everyone,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “The level of professionalism we have experienced from police officers and other emergency personnel is a testament to their dedication to our community.’’
The vests are advanced, high-density body armor that can withstand gunfire from high caliber rifle rounds as well as typical handgun ammunition. They can also be used to shield civilians in the event of an evacuation through the line-of-fire area during an active incident, according to Robert Zavada, associate director of campus safety at Misericordia University.
The collaboration between Misericordia University and the Dallas Township Police Department is another step in ensuring the campus’ emergency preparedness. The University’s Campus Safety Department also utilizes an emergency notification loudspeaker system that is designed to alert students, guests, faculty, staff and local residents of a potentially dangerous situation on campus. The loud speaker emits audible tones and instructions via the spoken word.
Additionally, Misericordia offers the MU-ALERT system to members of the campus community so users can receive a text alert on their smart phones about emergencies, weather events, school delays and closings, and other important announcements. The same announcements are posted to an internal web-based portal and shared via Twitter, Facebook and the University’s cable television channel, as well. The University also has an emergency plan that is reviewed and updated as necessary by the administration.
“These vests will protect our officers, emergency responders and citizens from armed suspects,’’ said Chief Jolley. “Hopefully, we will never have to use these vests in a real-life situation, but Misericordia understands the need and level of preparedness it takes to mitigate potential dangerous situations. They have always been responsive to our law enforcement initiatives and this investment reinforces their commitment to the safety of everyone in the Back Mountain.’’
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
The Dallas Township Police Department, with support from Misericordia University, has purchased several Active Shooter Response Kits. Participating in the presentation of the equipment to Dallas Township officers, from left, are Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University; Dallas Township Police Chief Robert Jolley and Bob Zavada, associate director of Campus Safety, Misericordia University.