Big Time Security on a Small College Campus
Here’s how Seattle Pacific University, a small college campus, was able to adopt advanced security technology, and how that technology performed during an active shooter attack.
Administrators at small colleges might believe that advanced, large-scale security is out of their reach. But with the right approach, small institutions of higher education can adopt the latest security technologies.
Several years ago, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) implemented a long-term master plan that included the installation of new or upgraded access control, video surveillance, emergency notification and other technologies, all managed by the campus’ security operation center.
SPU’s security technology was put to the test in 2014 when the campus experienced an active shooter attack. One student was killed and two students were injured during the ordeal. The perpetrator was not a student or someone who frequented the campus.
At The Great Conversation in Security that took place in Seattle March 4 and 5, SPU Associate Director of Security Cheryl Michaels provided an in-depth overview of the lessons her school learned from that tragedy.
In this video with Campus Safety magazine, Michaels describes how the school’s various security technologies, as well as its dispatchers, officers, staff and students, responded to this tragedy.
She also describes how SPU, a small college with only 4,000 students, was able to adopt and continues to adopt the latest security technology under the guidance of Director of Safety and Security Mark Reid.
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