Students, faculty, and staff were invited to attend an open house on Sept. 17 at the Security office on campus. Security showcased its new policies, technologies, and vehicles to those who attended. Head of Security, Earl Morris, who typically introduces himself as “Torch,” has been making changes and is giving the Risk and Management Department a new face since he started as director in March 2014. The department has updated the camera system with 300 cameras on campus and 500 more cameras still to come in the future. It has also invested in new vehicles and an increased staff.
Anthony Pickard, manager of Security and Risk Management, commented on the improvements to the department: “Through the new technology and increased man power, we can better protect the community of BYUH. All Security personnel are first aid and first response certified. We are here to help out if something comes up.”
Security has shuttle service that helps students get home from school after dark. Anyone can go to the Security office at 10 p.m. or midnight and they will be able to get a ride back to
Pickard said, “We just want to make it a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. We want to be approachable and want people to feel comfortable coming to us. We are a people friendly Security Department.”
Security is continuing to make improvements as the entrance to the Temple View Apartments (TVA) is to be renovated and a new guard post was installed. There will be a guard there each night beginning at 10 p.m. in order to monitor that side of campus.
“It’s fun to be part of a team that is helping and doing their best to make changes around campus,” said bike officer and student Rachel Stone, “If I could offer one piece of advice to students, it would be ride the right way around the circle.”
Andrew McGrevy, a senior majoring in social work said, “I feel impressed by the many changes and updates. I hope it will improve campus and decrease the problems.”
However, while students are pleased with the changes, some remain skeptical regarding Security’s policies and practices. Adam Ahmu, a junior from Chicago, said, “I am not sure where all the new funds came from for all the new technology and cars. I hope they focus more on working with the students and not against them.”
Students are encouraged to approach the Security Department with any questions or concerns. Security can also be reached by telephone at 675-3911 or 675-3503 for on-campus emergencies.