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Security Officers Five public safety directors share their insights on securing a campus F OLLOWING A PERIOD OF VIOLENT TRAGEDIES AT HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS, it’s easy to forget that public safety directors mainly handle everyday security concerns on and off their campuses. Five security officers share what affects their departments today and what they anticipate in the near future. Q: The strengthening of relationships between campus safety departments and local law enforcement is a positive outcome from recent tragedies. How does your relationship with local law enforcement agencies help in maintaining a safe campus on a daily basis? Dolores A. Stafford: Having a strong relationship with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been instrumental to the GW Police Department’s success. We have an MPD substation on our campus, and we encourage MPD officers to patrol the campus and spend time in the substation. We conduct joint patrols at various times throughout the year, and we respond to incidents together on a routine basis. Carey M. Drayton: Our relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department has always been strong, since we derive our ability to police from them. We now conduct some sort of monthly training to practice coordination and integration in response to a variety of police situations, including an active shooter scenario. James E. Schumann: My department has a very close working relationship with our local police, fire, and emergency response agencies. I meet on a monthly basis with the city administrator, the dean of students, and the chief of police. This meeting is to keep us all informed on issues between the college and the city and to discuss ways in which we can strengthen our relationship and improve our communications with our departments. Noel C. March: We are investing in new relationships and higher lev- MEET THE RESPONDENTS CAREY M. DRAYTON Drayton has been executive director/chief of the University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety since 2006. He joined USC in 2005. Drayton has worked in campus law enforcement since 1979, having started off as a student police officer at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. NOEL C. MARCH March is director of public safety for The University of Maine. A member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, March serves on the Crime Prevention and Victims Services Committees. He is also the association’s regional vice chair of the University & College Police Section. MARSHALL J. MATTHEWS Matthews has been director of safety and security at Butler Community College (Kan.) since August 2007. He has 30 years of experience in city and county law enforcement and protective services in Kansas and Missouri, including six years in a protective services capacity contracted under the Department of Defense. JAMES E. SCHUMANN Schumann is director of security at the College of Saint Benedict (Minn.). He has held security positions at a number of Minnesota schools, including St. John’s University, Normandale Community College, and Concordia College. He is an adjunct in the Criminal Justice Department at St. Cloud State University. DOLORES A. STAFFORD els of cooperation between our state, county, and local police. When we set out to prepare the campus for possible celebratory riots after an appearance by our NCAA Division I men’s hockey team, we practiced together for crowd control and civil disturbance responses. We learned to work more closely together and appreciate how much we need to rely on each other in the event of an emergency. Marshall J. Matthews: We assist in investigations and train together in critical incident exercises. Local law enforcement officers are regularly on our campuses, not only to assist in public safety but also with students and participants in various leadership programs. Stafford is chief of police at The George Washington University (D.C.). She has 24 years of experience in law enforcement and security, 19 of them on university campuses. She served as president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in 2003-2004. Q: There has been a lot of debate about whether campus police should be armed. What are your thoughts? 46 | July 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - July 2008

University Business - July 2008
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Editor's Note
Behind the News
Money Matters
Financial Aid
Human Resources
Students in Need, Schools at the Ready
Security Officers Speak Out
Advancement Goes Digital
A New Day for NASFAA
Sustainable Admissions
What's New
End Note

University Business - July 2008