Wake Tech to Increase Security with Campus Police Force
Board of Trustees Approves Sworn Law Enforcement Team
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2012) - Wake Tech students, employees and visitors will notice a new level of security on its campuses this summer. Wake Tech’s Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of a campus police force, effective July 1, 2012, to deter crime, mitigate violence, and provide rapid response in emergencies. Fourteen North Carolina community colleges have similar campus police forces, as do all the universities in the UNC system.“The time is right,” says Wake Tech president Dr. Stephen Scott, “given the troubling fact that violent incidents continue on college and university campuses. We believe it’s prudent to step up security now, and the presence of sworn officers will provide students and staff with the safety and assurance they need to learn and thrive.”
Wake Tech’s new campus force will include 14 sworn law enforcement officers who will work in conjunction with security personnel already employed by the college. In addition to security officers who are not sworn officers, Wake Tech currently employs two school resource officers (SRO’s): a Wake County sheriff’s deputy at Main Campus and a Raleigh police officer at the Northern Wake Campus. Wake Tech operates five campuses and two training centers across Wake County. The college has purchased land for a sixth campus near Research Triangle Park.