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About 18 years ago, David Hatcher heard about an open security position at Lorain County Community College. Excited by the opportunity, he accepted the job. Now, almost two decades later,
Hatcher is LCCC’s lead security officer, and is still working to ensure the security and safety for all on campus.
Many students may be unclear of exactly how important or necessary the security officers are on campus. Rebecca Allen, a surgical technology major at LCCC admits she’s not completely confident in the duties of the officers. She claims to never see the security guards, even at night, patrolling the halls, and is unsure of their ability to respond to an emergency in a timely fashion.
What Allen may not realize, is that LCCC is under constant surveillance with security on duty 24/7. Though they may not be noticed, security is there.
Dealing with crime such as theft and hit-skips in the college parking lot, camera surveillance has allowed for arrests in many cases.
Emma Roth, another LCCC student, believes that the college needs more security guards. She recalled a disturbing situation where an abusive husband harassed a teacher on campus. Campus security came to escort the individual off-campus very quickly, according to Roth.
“The biggest need is for students, staff, and the community to be an extension of our office,” Hatcher said, adding that tips and outside sources can be just as important as the presence of security.
Hatcher recommends that students download the LiveSafe app, which has the ability to contact the campus security office immediately. It also allows students to submit tips or general information anonymously to security officers. Alerts and other information can also be sent directly to those with the app.
In cases of emergency, LCCC security have the resources to handle a potentially dangerous situation, according to Hatcher.
LCCC has an existing contract with the Elyria Police Department (EPD). If a crisis were to occur on campus, aid would be available, not only the EPD, but Sheffield Village and North Ridgeville first responders.
LCCC currently employs six part-time and 12 full-time officers, according to Hatcher. At least one year of military service or security experience may be required to become an officer at LCCC. Hatcher is confident in his staff and has many qualified employees, including the captain of a local fire department, and a retired chief of police.