Public Safety: The Solution or the Problem?By Chris Hunter | September 27th, 2012 | Category: Et Cetera, Lead Story | 3 comments
What’s a more critical issue? Rape or a parking violation? Violence or making sure the doors to a facility are locked? Clearly these are rhetorical questions but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the actions of Glenville’s Public Safety Department. Even here at little Glenville State College some ugly events are happening and the authorities seem to be turning a blind eye.
In one of the previous issues I addressed the problem with parking. It is a tedious process that does need attention. However, Public Safety has an obsession with tackling this issue. So much so that it may be taking time away from more serious public safety and security issues. From a financial standpoint it appears to be very efficient to have these officers hand out as many parking tickets as possible. The more tickets they give to the students, faculty, and guests who park where they shouldn’t or aren’t allowed then the more cash that comes back to the college. However, if half as much time and effort was spent protecting the students as it is spent writing up parking violations, then I guarantee the college would be better off.
From my own experiences I have witnessed the ineptitude and inattentive nature of the officers working for Glenville State Public Safety. An incident occurred earlier this year at Goodwin Hall. The fact that no one was hurt was more good luck than good management on the part of Public Safety. The instance I am referring to involved only two students and had several student witnesses. An altercation took place right in Goodwin Lobby. The incident did not end quickly and the desk worker attempted to call Public Safety, yet there was no response. Eventually the fight was broken up by fellow students but obviously this isn’t the best way to handle things.
In a far more serious case, WBOY reported that a former Glenville State student was raped, and that Public Safety allegedly lost evidence regarding the case. Well, Public Safety, I hope you are happy with all the money you helped Glenville State College earn, because it is all about to go down the drain in legal fees and court costs. The only way to solve this problem is to replace the current officers with new ones. I have been going to school here three years and I have only known these officers to do two things: Hand out tickets and lock up buildings. We need new officers at Glenville State who have their priorities straight.