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Within the first week of installing a new security camera system, University Police used the cameras to help identify suspects in a campus theft and delivery of a suspicious package placed near Missouri S&T’s nuclear reactor.
Doug Roberts, chief of University Police, invites faculty and staff to drop by the police department to check out views from S&T’s new Avigilon security camera system. The department is located in G-10 of the Campus Support Facility, and you’re welcome to stop by at any time. The police station is staffed 24/7 and the cameras are monitored 24/7.
“These are your cameras as our campus customers,” Roberts says. “They are a tool we can use to deter crime as well as provide evidence when crime occurs.”
Fifteen cameras are set up as part of the first phase of a three-phase project. These cameras provide more than 40 viewpoints of high-traffic campus areas, including tunnels frequently used by students. In addition to the operations room within the department, campus police and security guards can watch real-time video feeds from their desktop workstations. Supervisors can acquire the images on their S&T smartphones.
The Rolla Police Department’s emergency communications center can also access the video footage. This way, any officer dispatched to a service call on campus will have real-time situational awareness.
Missouri S&T is creating a standardized process for employees requesting cameras for their departments. New cameras added to campus must be compliant with the police’s Avigilon system. A request form will be added to the University Police website soon. For more information, please contact University Police at 341-4300.