January 8, 2008
Onondaga Community College's security system is becoming a model for other colleges in the region. Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate and Monroe Community College have visited the campus in the past few weeks to check out their high-tech computer system.
There are 180 cameras mounted through the campus, inside and out. All can be viewed from the dispatch room. In fact, the security officers can watch 64 images at one time. Some cameras can pan around and zoom in to catch faces or license plate numbers.
The cameras allow most sections of campus to be monitored. At the same time, there are 16 peace officers patrolling OCC. They completed more than 300 hours of training and went on duty at the beginning of the fall semester. So far, they’ve made six criminal arrests.
As part of the college security system, doors can also be locked and unlocked with the click of a mouse. There are also emergency call boxes located through campus and a card-swipe system to get into the residence halls.
OCC’s Director of Safety and Security, Frank Lawrence says the system will expand as the campus does.
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