|CU creates campus watch program|
|Friday, September 21, 2012|
Cumberland University created and recently implemented a new campus watch program to help further protect its growing campus community.
The initiative allows students, faculty and staff to anonymously report suspicious activity at any time by leaving a voice message on a campus hotline.
“The campus watch program helps give our students an even safer learning environment,” said CU Director of Security Michael Thornhill, who oversees the program. “We’ve started the program to get the campus community involved to let us know if there’s anything we need to know about on campus.”Thornhill and CU Vice President for Administration Joe Gray will immediately be paged once a new voice message is received on the hotline. Cumberland’s security force will then follow-up and investigate the tips. According to Thornhill, the program is particularly important because it provides a way for students to anonymously report activity without having to contact security in person.
The program is one of a number of recently instituted security initiatives at the university. In January, Cumberland’s security force updated its security reporting systems to a new, paperless log system that allows its officers to spend less time doing paperwork and more time patrolling campus.
“We’ve probably advanced 10 years in the past year,” Thornhill said.
Cumberland’s security program also recently provided updated campus maps to the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments to allow for better emergency response. These new developments have enhanced the university’s existing security program, which is operated by Citadel Security Services.
The university’s security officers run campus and building patrols 24 hours a day. The campus is also equipped with a number of Code Blue phones, which allows students, staff and faculty to immediately contact security in emergency situations.
Thornhill said those standing and ongoing security measures are part of the university’s commitment to campus safety.
“Cumberland’s campus is very safe because we have made security a main priority,” Thornhill said. “Our officers have a very high presence on campus and we’re working every day to keep our campus community safe.”
Cumberland students, faculty and staff may contact the campus watch program by calling 453-6333.