Director Lonnie Hatman, is head of the campus security and knows how to run security just like any other police department.
Hatman makes sure that security officers have all the necessary gear and uniforms to perform their job well. He handles the administrative work, plans as well as policies.
Campus security does their best to help students and be seen not as the bad guys on campus. In fact, campus security is a real benefit to college students and is there for them as well as faculty and staff.
They do student escorts for students who may feel uncomfortable walking to their vehicle themselves.
Security also locks and unlocks the college campus every day and patrols the parking lots for vehicle prowlers. However, security does not just patrol around looking for criminal activity or to give people parking tickets. They also help people when need be, like open people’s cars and given jump starts if needed.
Security also takes on the role of firemen at times when fire alarms go off either by accident. They make sure the buildings are safely evacuated and wait for the Olympia Fire Department (OFD) to arrive.
These are only a few of the things that security is good for. They also file reports for students that have had personal property stolen.
The college does have a lost and found and can probably find whatever they might be missing. Though, students might not even need to go to lost and found. There is a good chance that whatever they lost was picked up by that department on campus.
For example, if you forgot your belongings at the library, then there is a good chance it is still there since the library will keep whatever is left behind before sending it to security.
However, not all personal belongings are picked up. Since the campus security cannot hold onto everything, they will donate it to charity at the end of the year.
Students can indeed file a criminal report and the security will contact the Olympia Police Department (OPD).
In fact, the OPD is very much involved with campus security since the security here are not actual police officers.
However, only if there is a criminal offense is the OPD contacted and involved.
Hartman said, “if there is a crime that requires the OPD such as an assault, the campus security will do their best to stabilize the situation until the responding agencies get there.”
He went on to say, “we may use reasonable force to prevent injury to ourselves or to someone else”.
Force is not the only way that campus security prevents bad incidents from happening on campus.
Notifying students of something of which they should be aware is a method that is used to help keep students informed and safe.
An example of this is to notify students of currently enrolled registered sex offenders on campus. Hartman sits on the Sex Offender Committee and is able to get a list of sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Department and compare that with the list of currently enrolled students from Student Services.
If there are indeed registered sex offenders that are enrolled, students will be notified from campus security if there is a level two or higher sex offender in their class.
Not only do the students that are in classes with a registered sex offender know, but the whole student body can as well since there will be posters of level three registered sex offenders throughout the college campus.
“Registered sex offenders will not be monitored, we just want students to be aware” said Hartman.
He believes that students have a right to know this kind of information and to be aware of registered sex offenders on campus.
Actually, the campus security is the only department on campus to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
If there is any need for students to get a hold of campus security they can always call the front desk at 360-596-5299. If there is nobody at the desk, the call will be directly transferred to a security officer on the campus.
Also, bias incident reporting can be done online at the college’s website as well as making a phone call or walking in to security.
Students are able to receive public information such as report listings of types of criminal activity on the college campus, though some reports may be limited to the public on what type of information may be given to the them since there are private records.