In Good Hands with Broward College Campus Safety & Security – Part I
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month and we want to salute the men and women who put in place the plans which keep us safe. The Broward College Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness has received commendation for the measures which are in place to protect, students, faculty, staff and visitors to its locations. The effectiveness of these strategies were seen when the quick efforts of the team led to identifying the suspect in a sexual offense case, and the type of response and emergency management following a tornado. The next time you get a BC Alert or Crime Alert you can feel comfortable knowing that the people managing the problem or taking the steps to protect you are among some of the best experts in the state.
Here’s a profile of our team:
- Peter Agnesi heads the Department. He served as chief of police for the city of Avon in Connecticut for almost 30 years, and later chief of police and director of public safety with the University of Connecticut. He is also an assessor and team leader with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
- Jaeson Weber coordinates emergency planning and response. He holds a bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and public safety administration. He also holds a master’s in intelligence studies and intelligence analysis and is currently pursuing a master’s in emergency and disaster management. Jaeson has worked in several roles to include with the county in the parks and recreation division in developing emergency management plans and training first responders as well as working with the Florida Department of State, Office of Emergency Management.
- Captain Michael Wright manages all operations in relation to the Security Operations Center, parking program and dispatch operations. Former law enforcement sergeant with the Federal Bank of Atlanta, Captain Wright also worked as a police officer in Maryland and served more than 25 years with the Florida International University Police Department.
- Marcus Robinson is the district director of environmental health & safety and chief fire official. He served more than six years as a firefighter in Pompano Beach and then as the assistant fire marshal at the Georgia Institute of Technology and later as an environmental health and safety specialist with Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
- Joseph Carriker is responsible for and manages college-wide access control through overseeing CCTV, badge identification systems, and alarm monitoring. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in computers, operating systems and hardware, database technology, and technological design.
- Captain Grant Gundle is responsible for campus safety operational oversight and coordinates various strategies to ensure directives and College policies are followed. He also is responsible for implementing informative and educational training opportunities for faculty/staff members of the College. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he also is a former law enforcement officer with the Wilton Manners Police Department where he directed the Department’s accreditation program.
Campus Safety Lieutenants & Sergeants
In addition, each campus and center has its own safety team headed by either a Lieutenant or Sergeant. These individuals are responsible for planning, organizing, overseeing and coordinating the daily activities of the campus or center to which they are assigned.
- North Campus – Lt. Lawanica Lamb (Bldg. 46 Rm 101)
- Central Campus – Lt. Frank Lizano (Bldg. 20)
- South Campus and Partnership Centers – Sgt. Regina Jenkins (Bldg. 71)
- Wills Holcombe Center – Sgt. Ted Hay (Bldg. 31)
They are supported by teams of non-sworn Campus Safety Officers who assist students, faculty, staff, and visitors; provide traffic control and direction; respond to incidents; assist in building evacuations, and identify individuals to determine whether they have lawful business at Broward College.
Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To contact Campus Safety, call 954-201-HELP (4357).
Come Meet the Team!
A major part of campus safety and security is building awareness among students, faculty, staff, and the general public. As part of its public education strategy and, in recognition of National Campus Safety Awareness Month, the Public Safety team organizes an event on each main campus and the Miramar West center.
The events are open to all staff, faculty and students, and will feature booths and presentations from public safety agencies.
In part two, we’ll give you an overview of some of our College campus safety policies and procedures that are in place.