University of Michigan Debuts New Weapons Detection System

The new weapons detection system was fully operational at UM’s football game against Purdue University last Saturday.

University of Michigan Debuts New Weapons Detection System

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Ann Arbor, Michigan – The University of Michigan is implementing a new walk-through weapons detection system at Michigan Stadium, expanding its security operations. The new system was fully operational at Saturday’s football game against Purdue University.

“Increasingly, our fans and our university community embrace safety as a top priority,” said Eddie Washington, UM executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security in a statement. “The system and our work to more broadly leverage it on campus builds on our commitment to ongoing security enhancements to prevent harm and ensure the well-being of students, faculty, staff, patients, and guests.”

The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) manages the weapons detection system. A rehearsal was conducted in targeted areas during the September and October games at Michigan Stadium. In the future, the technology will also be used at Crisler Center, Yost Ice Arena, and other identified locations as deemed appropriate.

Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and routinely hosts more than its official capacity of 107,601, reports Michigan Daily.

This is the first time the school has deployed a weapons detection system.

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