How safe is our campus?

By: Mitchel Morris- The Brock Press

David Burnham- Brock Press

David Burnham- Brock Press

Most students should be familiar with the Campus Security Services (C.S.S.) that help keep Brock University a safe place to study and live. You’ve probably seen a security vehicle driving around the school or parked in different areas like in front of Schmon Tower. But do you know all they do to help keep you safe?

The C.S.S. office is located in the Kenmore Centre across the street from Walker Complex, which anyone can visit at any time. The security team consists of eleven Special Constables, most of which are former Niagara Regional Police Officers, as well as 13 contract Security Guards. These individuals work full-time to monitor the campus, with officers working 24-hours, 365 days a year. There are over 630 cameras on campus that are constantly monitored by members of the Central Communications and Monitoring Centre (C.C.M.C) using an efficient and easy to use display system. C.C.M.C. also operates the Emergency Notification that issue warnings for severe weather and answer the calls for service and alarms.

Just last year, C.S.S. responded to 3,717 calls for service on Campus, an increase of 200 instances from the year before, and 1,500 more than the year before that. C.S.S. also works with Brock University Student’s Union (BUSU) to keep Campus events under control and the Dons of residences to make sure residence is a fun and safe place for students to live.

C.S.S. also works directly with the Niagara Regional Police to fight offences such as sexual assault, domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse. Anytime the NRP, fire trucks or ambulances need to come on campus it is Campus Security that meets them and directs them where they need to go as quickly. Furthermore, Campus Security is present at every event on campus in order to ensure it runs smoothly and safely.

C.S.S. also takes part in many community activities, such as the Triathlon on Wellness Day, cycling in the Big Move Cancer Ride and running in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

“I am personally proud of our staff and their many accomplishments,” said Donna Moody, director of Campus Security Services. “This is what makes us one of the safest university communities in the province.”

There are over 18,000 students at Brock, 2,400 of which live in on-campus residences, not to mention staff and guests to the school. A lot of bodies go through the school, and C.S.S. does everything they can to make sure Brock is one of the safest places in Ontario to learn, live and visit. If you don’t see a Campus Security guard walking down the halls or through residences then they are likely answering one of the many calls for service that they receive every day.

If you’d like more information about C.S.S. feel free to visit them in their office in the Kenmore Centre, check out their Facebook page. It is also part of our duty as students of this school to report incidents that happen on Campus, since Campus Security cannot be everywhere at once. Help keep our Campus one of the safest and support a healthy and fun university lifestyle!

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