While Texas State underreported campus crime, former employees say some surveillance cameras and emergency phones were broken

October 9, 2019 | The Texas Tribune

Long before federal authorities began scrutinizing Texas State University’s campus crime data, the police department was hampered by lack of resources, former employees say. Surveillance camera feeds were broken. Emergency phones malfunctioned. And a thinly staffed dispatch system sometimes relied on trainedstudents.

One retired sergeant, Johnny Johnston, was so concerned that he cited safety as one reason he won’t let his children attend Texas State. Johnston, who worked at the school from 2000 to 2017, recalled several occasions when he pulled tape of an incident and it just had “dead air.” Some emergency phones would fail to dial out — and when it rained, they sometimes went haywire, sending out false alerts, said Johnston and two other former employees.

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