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    A few weeks ago I started working campus security for a public 2 year college. I am looking for any sort of "best practices" guidelines for college/university security.

    For example, here is one interesting thing. We don't always have a regularly scheduled dispatcher on duty. Some staff will sort of randomly sit at the desk and then leave for a call. I am looking for what point a department should have a dispatcher regularly sitting at the desk.

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    this is the year 1993. everyone gets calls forwarded to their cell phone. good luck getting that done at a college. they will be about as tech savy as a Court. obvious thing would be buy a dedicated Site Phone and take it with you on calls. College probably has a 30yr old contract with ATT and pays $120/month for "unlimited long distance" and "digital voice mail".

    speaking of cell phones, IMO your BP as Kampus Kop would be always have your own stealth body cam when on a call, or during "public contact" of any sort. might save you when some SJW sues the college AND you personally. I'm guessing you don't have the same legal protections and legal war-chest as real cop with Union.

    have your own or better yet a "prop" phone to act like you recording then "turning off", meanwhile real cam been running whole time.

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    • #3
      Best thing ?Jim?

      Dont pay any attention to Squid. His posts are a marvel of stupidity.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jim1348 View Post
        A few weeks ago I started working campus security for a public 2 year college. I am looking for any sort of "best practices" guidelines for college/university security.
        .
        Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, will be to, in under 3 minutes, bring civilization and common decency to groups that have successfully resisted all such prior attempts in the last 500yrs by the combined forces of The Great Powers. You will not be allowed to touch, or even threaten to touch, or use any non-PC language or "tone of voice" or "body language".
        If any SJW complains, the school admin will disavow all knowledge.

        But seriously, any public college in USA in 2018 is gonna be all about SJW (and I'm talking about faculty, not just a few crazy kids) and also ALL about faculty politics and turf wars. Its completely divorced from any normal "we want good outcomes". You will see it full of ideas that simply don't survive in reality.

        Act like you just got hired as a guard at the Vatican, or North Korea's presidential residence.

        Off to the side, you will barely notice a few middle aged White males you first mistake for maintenance supervisors or something, from their drab and sensible attire and demeanor. Those will be the guys teaching the STEM classes. Very much unlike the rest of faculty, they will have real jobs in the real world in addition to being professors.

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        • #5
          Silliness and sarcasm aside, I have both worked campus security in the past, and applied recently (with no success - probably because I'm an old white guy in socialist Seattle. But anyways...)

          As far as the phone issue goes, if you can't have someone at the desk, then you have to forward the security number to a cell phone that the senior guard or shift lead carries. (I'm really hoping your college doesn't let it go unanswered or "leave a message at the beep...") I've worked several sites where that's done - not ideal (because depending on what it is you have to go back to the desk and look it up on the computer, etc.) but better than a delay in response. Or, depending on how many you have to have in the field, you can have each shift guard do a rotation at the desk, then back in the field, etc.

          Do learn your campus culture. It really depends on the college and where it is at, and what their focus is. While Squid has a point, most colleges also want basic rules followed - no matter how liberal, parking violations, alcohol enforcement and student safety are all security functions where there is not a lot of debate. Students, faculty and staff all have a stake in being safe, and the college has to function with reasonable efficiency. So, as an example, the place I work at is extremely tolerant of vagrants on the grounds, UNLESS they break our rules or commit a crime. Then we follow established protocols and there is no debate. As long as I'm following policy, I don't care about Susie Sorority Girl filming me, or Fred the Frat Boy telling me what a fascist pig I am.

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          • #6
            I'd spend an afternoon at a Oakland A's baseball game with Squid, even buying the beer, before I did campus security
            I do contract security. When we lost the contract at a site, I was offered a security guard job at either a college campus,
            or working overnights at a construction site. I chose watching the front end loaders at 0300 hours
            http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/ Greatest Comedy team ever!

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            • #7
              As far as best practices, a lot of the stuff online is geared towards campus LE, but you could probably adapt some of it. You can check your campus's crime stats (I'm pretty sure 2 year colleges are included in the Clery Act), and focus on how to deal with the biggest problems.

              I actually liked community college better than university, because you had a mix of younger and older students. The college I went to had a lot of working students coming back to re-train or start new careers. There wasn't angst and drama - you were there to learn and that was it. Nobody had time for drinking and dances, much less losing a day of work so you could block the Dean's office because some wanna-be Jane Fonda organized a protest.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Condo Guard View Post
                As far as best practices, a lot of the stuff online is geared towards campus LE, but you could probably adapt some of it. You can check your campus's crime stats (I'm pretty sure 2 year colleges are included in the Clery Act), and focus on how to deal with the biggest problems.

                I actually liked community college better than university, because you had a mix of younger and older students. The college I went to had a lot of working students coming back to re-train or start new careers. There wasn't angst and drama - you were there to learn and that was it. Nobody had time for drinking and dances, much less losing a day of work so you could block the Dean's office because some wanna-be Jane Fonda organized a protest.
                Valid point on Community College. WORKING STUDENTS ! NOBODY HAD THE TIME, but coming to classes at night after working all day
                http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/ Greatest Comedy team ever!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by copelandamuffy View Post
                  I'd spend an afternoon at a Oakland A's baseball game with Squid, even buying the beer, before I did campus security
                  I do contract security. When we lost the contract at a site, I was offered a security guard job at either a college campus,
                  or working overnights at a construction site. I chose watching the front end loaders at 0300 hours
                  then again, you might be missing one of the few real benefits of Security work-the excellent chance to bump into people(opportunities) you otherwise wouldn't find without effort. 98% of real hiring is not through HR or resumes, but whether they personally like you WHEN THEY MEET YOU.

                  Like others said, Jr College is mostly level headed WORKING students, so you will find lots of "real people" upgrading skillz or what not.

                  Last time I did Security at a big ball game I was told to be a "rover", I decided I'd do the most good as under-cover and switched shirts and bought me a few beers. That allowed me to cosy up to various groups and get a feeling whether something worth reporting was going on, VS them closing ranks when "Staff" approached. IIRC the beers cost me my entire earnings, but sometimes a pro needs to go "all in" for public safety. After 3+ hours of drinking, I figured it would be best if I missed the end of shift debrief since it was a stadium and parking a mess etc, and just head home.
                  Last edited by Squid; 09-03-2018, 09:02 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Squid View Post

                    then again, you might be missing one of the few real benefits of Security work-the excellent chance to bump into people(opportunities) you otherwise wouldn't find without effort. 98% of real hiring is not through HR or resumes, but whether they personally like you WHEN THEY MEET YOU.

                    Like others said, Jr College is mostly level headed WORKING students, so you will find lots of "real people" upgrading skillz or what not.

                    Last time I did Security at a big ball game I was told to be a "rover", I decided I'd do the most good as under-cover and switched shirts and bought me a few beers. That allowed me to cosy up to various groups and get a feeling whether something worth reporting was going on, VS them closing ranks when "Staff" approached. IIRC the beers cost me my entire earnings, but sometimes a pro needs to go "all in" for public safety. After 3+ hours of drinking, I figured it would be best if I missed the end of shift debrief since it was a stadium and parking a mess etc, and just head home.
                    My contract security one of their clients is https://www.tdgarden.com/
                    TD Garden is the home of the NBA Boston Celtics, and NHL Boston Bruins
                    One of the stipulations for my contract security is if you are a hockey fan they do not you working the game
                    Their belief is you would be watching the game, and not the fans
                    Hockey is my # One favorite, so never worked at the https://www.tdgarden.com/
                    http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/ Greatest Comedy team ever!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by copelandamuffy View Post

                      My contract security one of their clients is https://www.tdgarden.com/
                      TD Garden is the home of the NBA Boston Celtics, and NHL Boston Bruins
                      One of the stipulations for my contract security is if you are a hockey fan they do not you working the game
                      Their belief is you would be watching the game, and not the fans
                      Hockey is my # One favorite, so never worked at the https://www.tdgarden.com/
                      when the crooked construction firm of Tudor-Sablia (name now changed to enable continue rip off of CA taxpayers) was working on the Oakland Stadium refit, they were also playing A's games. They had TS guys going around and they'd ask you the score, and if you knew the score you'd be fired (because you must have been watching game instead of working).

                      At the SF Airport ripoff, they saved money by not redirecting traffic. Some guy was swing his hammer and on one pull back his hammer got snatched out of his hand by a car's windshield.

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