Alabama School Considers Security Upgrades

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama is considering upgrading its security measures, which may result in additional surveillance cameras to dorm parking lots and specific roads on the Springhill Campus.

The decision-making process comes after routine security camera improvements prompted a closer look at the entire campus security system. Student Government Association (SGA) President, Will Jackson, has been in collaboration with Police Chief Normand Gamache in deciding on different possibilities for the project. With the endeavor in the early stages of development, officials are hesitant to move forward until all of the figures are examined.

As more information is gathered, the SGA will be voting on whether or not to continue exploring the idea. A decision to move the overhaul forward faces the challenge of funding the additional cameras, which may cost up to $5,000 each. Discussions to fund half of the project, which is expected to exceed $50,000, are on the SGA’s agenda. However, according to Gamache, budget decisions are nearly impossible at this point because of so many factors.

Although the cameras will increase campus security by providing video surveillance of parking lots and other areas, the necessity for additional security funding is rivaled by many other needs on campus.

After all of the information is gathered, a vote among the SGA Senate in the fall will decide how campus finances will be appropriated.

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