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Steven Dunmire, lead security officer, collects safety cones from a campus parking lot. Dunmire monitored the parking lots throughout the day.

The training exercise included a walk through by the HPD to evaluate weaknesses on HCC’s behalf. “Think about what you would do,” Acheson said. In addition to live training events, the college plans to keep its technology systems up to date. Most people don’t have land line phones, and that affects how emergency situations are communicated. Because of this shift in technology, HCC developed many different ways to communicate emergencies which includes e-mail, text message alerts, phone calls, and soon, digital broadcasts on campus televisions. This reduces the chance of missing an important announcement regarding campus safety or other relevant announcements, like bad weather that might result in a cancellation of classes. “Students see what we might not” Dunmire said. Even with the technology, the greatest campus security tool HCC has is its student body. Students see and hear far more than any security system can pick up so communication is key to preventing campus threats. One way to communicate with HCC security is with an application called TIPS. TIPS is an easy-to-use reporting system. While it’s not a substitute for calling 911 during an emergency, it is a way to report any suspicious activity on campus. The TIPS system is found on the home page of the HCC website. “Be alert,” Acheson said. “And get as much information as possible” Even with a vigilant student body and advanced technology on campus, an on-campus office is a necessity. Dunmire serves as the sole full-time employee responsible for patrolling campus. He also serves on the safety and security committee. In addition to the committee, Dunmire attends national

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Text alerts are a way to stay informed on important campus announcements. These can be turned on from the DragonZone dashboard. It may require the user to update some contact information.

meetings where college security officia meet to discuss strategies and tools they use to maintain safe campuses across the nation. Dunmire can’t be on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so he manages a group of student security officer that patrol during the classes offered at night. In addition to these students, there is a licensed guard service employed by

The TIPS reporting system walks users through easy-toanswer questions. While not all of them have to be filled out, the more information provided the better.

the college to monitor the campus in evening hours. “Security is a process, not a product.” Acheson said. The never-ending task of upgrading the college’s security infrastructure keeps the team constantly busy. Adding patrols on campus and handling investigations of reported incidents their job is never done.

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Dragon's Tale - Fall 2016 Issue