In Good Hands with Broward College Campus Safety & Security – Part 2
The eight-foot-wide video wall displays multiple cameras at a time, periodically rotating footage from hundreds of cameras; radio lines open as dispatchers communicate with patrol teams, the phone rings “Campus Safety, this is Kan how may I help?”
You guessed it, this is the Security Operations Center of our own safety and security headquarters at the Cypress Creek Administrative Center. The equipment is state of the art, but it’s the policies and procedures put in place by the highly experienced team that have earned the College the recognition.
Their ability to respond is supported by an extensive communication and dispatch system. All of this is complemented by hundreds of classroom emergency phones, nearly 100 code blue and elevator phones, and central access control monitoring.
Peter Agnesi who heads the Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness explains that the College has done extensive reviews and assessments of its policies and procedures. This has led to continued upgrades and changes that makes the measures which are now in place effective. He commends the Board of Trustees, College President, and Senior Management Team for supporting the overhaul of the structure and operations of the Department.
Broward College is also credited with having some of the best emergency management plans – including preparedness, response and recovery. These responses are designed to take into account a variety of natural and man-made situations.
The College prides itself in being one of the first higher education institutions in the state to join the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign which is a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. Broward College meets and often exceeds federal and state guidelines for various concepts, regulations, and standards for campus safety. Some of which are stipulated under the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires that colleges and universities implement:
- Emergency procedures
- Provide timely warning notices of crime that meet specific guidelines
- Disclose crime statistics
- Publish an annual report each year on October 1. Read the report
“There is no doubt that there is always room for improvement. We are constantly reviewing and upgrading. We are often looked at by other organizations as the benchmark for measures to put in place that ensure safety,” explains Jaeson Weber, who coordinates emergency preparedness.
We have some of the most qualified safety experts in the state but they need your help to ensure every student, faculty, staff, and visitor has a safe experience on our campuses.
They’ve compiled a few tips to staying safe on campus:
- Be aware and vigilant.
- Call as soon as something occurs.
- Try to walk with a friend or in groups, especially at night
- Use the escort program – most people aren’t aware of it but Campus Safety will walk you to/from your car, class, or office at any hour or any day of the week.
Remember, if you see something, say something. Call 954-201- HELP (4357)
You can learn more about safety policies and procedures and review emergency management plans.