Spotlight on Campus Safety Hero Jessica Waterhouse

This Tunxis Community College criminal justice professor goes way beyond her academic obligations, working with faculty, staff and students to keep her campus safe.

College criminal justice programs can be an excellent source of personnel who can help make a campus more safe and secure. Just ask Charles Cleary, who is the dean of administration, acting director of human resources and the affirmative action officer for Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Conn. He nominated for Campus Safety’s Heroes program Jessica Waterhouse. She is a criminal justice professor at Tunxis who works tirelessly to make the school safer.

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She has been a member of the college’s crisis management team (CMT) and now is the chair of its behavioral intervention team (BIT). She has also taken on the role of Title IX coordinator and in her spare time completed the CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services’ Sexual Assault Counselor training.

In her role as a professor, she sponsors an annual career fair with local law enforcement departments coming to campus, which makes students aware of job openings in the profession. She has also sponsored a professional day for faculty focusing on campus safety and routinely develops documents and brochures that remind employees about the importance of safety and security.

Waterhouse has also helped the school develop closer relationships with local and state police, having been the point person coordinating all of the campus emergency exercises. She has even made the campus available to Connecticut state police for SWAT drills.

On top of all that, she is now an authorized instructor of the Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (CCCPP).

“Jessica takes her academic duties seriously, works hard to prepare her students from criminal justice careers and goes above and beyond, working with faculty, staff and students to keep us safe,” says Cleary. “She is a true leader in campus safety.”

That’s why Waterhouse has been named a Campus Safety Hero. Congratulations to Professor Waterhouse!

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