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Laurier’s Special Constable Service wins international award for technology use
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Apr 28/10| For Immediate Release
Rod Curran, Director
Kevin Crowley, Associate Director
WATERLOO – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has recognized Wilfrid Laurier University’s Special Constable Service with an IACP-iXP Excellence in Technology Award. The award will be presented at a ceremony May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Laurier’s Special Constable Service was identified as the best in the “innovation in information technology, small agency” category, after what organizers called an “exhaustive and highly competitive review of applications.”
“This award highlights our Special Constable Service’s innovative approach to campus safety and security,” said Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor. “The international recognition is well-deserved, and I commend the Special Constable Service for its dedication to maintaining a safe and secure Laurier community.”
Laurier’s Special Constable Service is responsible for the university’s Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford campuses and is based on the community-policing model. Laurier incorporates technology with physical patrol. Security is provided by 18 special constables who have peace-officer status.
“Winning this international award shows Laurier’s commitment to a safe community through the use of technology,” said Rod Curran, director, Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constable Service. “The use of technology and physical patrol is the cornerstone of our safety plan.”
In 2005, the university undertook a review of its security system, which at the time had 10 cameras on the main campus in Waterloo. Today there are more than 300 cameras, which accommodate 640 video feeds and cover 90 per cent of the campuses.
The communication centre is staffed around the clock with trained student dispatchers and is equipped with the latest technology, including 42 monitors, seven computers, a dispatch console and a computer-aided dispatch and records-management system. The server room consists of 11 blade servers to run the systems. The radio system allows officers to talk to each other from different campuses, and because the radios are equipped with GPS, dispatchers can locate each officer at all times.