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Survey: 46% of Campus Public Safety Departments Understaffed

November 28, 2012  | 

CC_Flickr: UWW ResNet
CC_Flickr: UWW ResNet

Training, public safety department staffing and pay, as well as active shooter and active bomber response are the biggest areas of concern revealed by Campus Safety magazine's Opinion Survey, which was conducted this fall.

With more than 630 campus protection stakeholders responding, 46% of respondents say their public safety/emergency management departments don't have enough staff to respond appropriately to incidents, and more than a quarter say their campus is not adequately prepared to respond to an active shooter or bomber incident. More than two in five (41%) say their police and/or security officers aren't paid a fair wage for their duties.

Nearly half (45%) of all of the survey takers say their campus' general staff don't receive enough training on how to safely restrain individuals who are harming or might harm themselves or others. Nearly a third of respondents (31%) say their police and/or security officers don't receive enough training on this issue, while 32% say they don’t get enough instruction on workplace violence.

The survey also revealved that nearly nine of 10 survey takers (87%) say their public safety departments' and institutions' relationships with agencies from surrounding communities and other jurisdictions are well developed and fully functional. Also, 75% of respondents say their institutions' top administrators take safety and security seriously.

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Lt. Robert Tester @ 11/29/2012 5:12 PM

Maybe most top administrators do take safety and security seriously, but I know of a few that don't. Security officers making $7.50 per hour and experienced LEO's making $35,000 per year doesn't cut it in my book. One day we will have to tell them "We told you so". I don't look forward to that day because I know what it's going to take to beef up our campus protection and that day will not look pretty for anyone.

Jack Betz @ 11/29/2012 5:51 PM

They won't do it even then, just come up with more do nothing nonsence like Virgina Tech.

Chief Anonymous @ 12/1/2012 9:21 AM

Many campus leaders say that safety is their number one priority, but they lie. Look where they put their money: athletics, new academic and administrative buildings, over-paid professors (in IT, business, medicine, law), lavish parties and "receptions" and the lowly cops end up doing rectal leaps to serve these premadonna's. We are understaffed and they don't want to hear it. We have cramped stations that are usually older than most buildings on campus, and they ignore it. We offer less interesting police work than local agencies, but pay much less (not so much entry, but down the road MUCH less), and all they want to focus on is entry pay. But when the big-shots responsible for our plight call for something--no matter how stupid it is--boy, we better come running! The president's office called! Where's the chief? But that's a reality in our world, because those of us in it know that we can and will lose our jobs quicker than our better-respected municipal counterparts. So, we quietly trudge along, trying our level-best to make life livable for our employees, and praying that the crap doesn't hit the fan until after we've moved on...because it will and the elites won't accept blame for their own inattention. NACUBO really needs to have this reality shoved in their faces, but don't expect any current campus police leadership to do it. Retiress? IACLEA?

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