Motlow State one of the safest-rated colleges in Tennessee

Motlow campus police stand ready to provide a safe and secure environment for all four Motlow State campuses. L-r are Joe Brown, McMinnville campus; Allen Rhodes, Fayetteville campus; Ray Higginbotham, Moore County campus; and Randy Morris, Jr., Smyrna campus. Motlow Staff Photo.

Motlow campus police stand ready to provide a safe and secure environment for all four Motlow State campuses. L-r are Joe Brown, McMinnville campus; Allen Rhodes, Fayetteville campus; Ray Higginbotham, Moore County campus; and Randy Morris, Jr., Smyrna campus. Motlow Staff Photo.

Motlow State is one of the fastest-growing colleges in Tennessee and the nation. It is also considered one of the safest colleges among Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions. Recent student surveys indicate that more than 99% of students feel safe at Motlow.

Ensuring that all students, faculty and staff at Motlow are safe and secure is top priority for Motlow Campus Police.
— Ray Higginbotham, director of public safety

“Ensuring that all students, faculty and staff at Motlow are safe and secure is top priority for Motlow Campus Police,” said Ray Higginbotham, director of public safety. “As we have seen substantial growth in the student population, we have taken substantial measures to keep pace with the security and safety needs of all campuses.”

Recent improvements to campus security include: numerous upgrades and additions of security cameras, acquiring new mobile devices that improve response times and connects to the Tennessee statewide P25 communication system and local law enforcement agencies, and the establishment of a partnership with Verizon wireless to acquire cell phones for key staff members, enhancing the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies.

Motlow campus police are experienced and well-trained. The Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore, and Smyrna campuses all have full-time police officers who are certified through Tennessee Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST).

“Combined as a staff, we have over 80 years of certified law enforcement experience,” added Higginbotham. “Our officers take great pride in their duties and responsibilities. We are fortunate at Motlow to have such a dedicated and professional police force. It’s due to their commitment to excellence that Motlow students, faculty and staff feel safe at each campus.”

POST advanced training programs and workshops offered are developed with the advice, assistance and support of federal, state, local, tribal and campus law enforcement agencies and experts. Training is continuously updated to ensure accuracy and relevance to today’s security and safety issues.

“We continually look for ways to improve campus security and to provide personal safety programs,” added Higginbotham. “For example, during the current academic year our plan is to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System to Motlow students and employees.”

The RAD system is a program of teaching women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.