The McLennan Community College is improving its security measures before the upcoming fall semester.
Electronic door locks have been replaced on nearly 450 classroom doors across the campus. MCC has also hired a new police chief.
Chief Clayton Williams is a former detective who retired from the Waco Police Department. He has 34 years of experience in law enforcement.
Since being hired in June, he's already updated safety policies and procedures along with upgrading the police department's radio system.
"We got onto the 800 system with Waco and that allows us to communicate with other outside agencies, other emergency responders and that's so important as far as communication," Williams said.
Williams said he is also working to implement a new safety application for students and employees to use on their cell phones.
The application is a personal safety measure with many features, including an emergency call button.
"MCC is a very safe place to let your kids come to school. It's a great teaching environment here," Williams said. "We want everyone to know that it's a safe place."
On Aug. 27, 10,000 students will return to MCC.
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