POLICE have carried out more checks for weapons at a Huddersfield college to reassure students and staff at two of its centres.
Police provided a visible presence at the college’s Brunel House Centre off Leeds Road and the Highfields Centre with plain clothed officers also used as part of the work.
Around 400 people entering Kirklees College were asked to go through arches and to be checked by hand held detectors for any possible weapons.
No weapons were found on anyone going through the arches and the morning was well-received by students and staff at the two sites.
There were complaints that doors were locked and posed a safety problem during a fire drill at Highfields.
But College principal Chris Sadler said: “To manage the safety arches initiative with the local police there was a restricted access policy on site.
“Every effort was made to ensure that everybody on the site would be able to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.
“Only one normally accessible door was not available for use, which was taken into account and an alternative and clearly-signed route was available just two metres away.
“When an impromptu evacuation did occur the result was a safe evacuation”.
Sgt Dave Stainthorpe, of the Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is the second phase of our safety arch operation and is aimed at reinforcing the good work which has been undertaken at the College over the past few months.
“It is also a culmination of a number of successful seminars held at the campus in 2008 by Pc Lisa Harley to tackle these issues”.
Mr Sadler said: “We continually work alongside the local police to keep people at our centres safe and aware.”