Campus News

SAFETY FIRST | CNM ADDRESSES SAFETY ON CAMPUS

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

CNM is assigning more security officers to bike and foot patrols to increase the security presence on all parts of CNM campuses, said Brad Moore, director of C & M Relations.

“Keeping students and employees safe on all campuses is CNM’s highest priority at all times, and our biggest concern,” he said.

CNM security and the Dean of Students office are planning to develop new safety and security trainings based on the feedback received during the recent security forums that were held for students, faculty, and staff, Moore said.

Currently in development, there are a few different 2-3 minute training videos that individuals can watch that pertain to campus safety protocols.

CNM is also developing College Emergency Response Teams (CERT) that will be trained on safety protocol, assist with situations when necessary and share safety information with students, faculty, and staff on their respective campuses, he said.

Individuals can also visit the website at https://www.cnm.edu/depts/security/Emergency-Procedurs.html and https://www.cnm.edu/depts/security/crime-prevention.

The emergency procedures website provides individuals information on what to do in case of an active shooter being present, what to expect from responding officers, how to keep updated during an emergency, lockdown procedures, what to do during a lockdown, and training for CNM faculty and staff.

There is also information on what to do if a student is the victim of a crime, personal safety, and increasing personal safety.

Safety procedures and protocol are typically reviewed annually, Moore said.

There was a transition from a previous security chief to the current security chief about a year ago – the pages were last updated under the previous chief and the information has been reviewed in the last year and there has been no need for changes, he said.

As of September, CNM has remote building lockdown capabilities for thirteen buildings; they are at Main Campus: JS, KC, LSA, MS, RPM, SRC, and SSC; at Montoya: G, H, and TW; at the Westside Campus: MJG and WSI; and Rio Rancho Campus.

CNM security can lock down any of these buildings from its headquarters at Main Campus, and plans to have all of the branch campus buildings completed by December 2016 and the remaining Main Campus buildings by December 2017, Moore said.

According to Moore, there is also a safety workshop for students currently in development.

CNM is expecting to start offering the workshop after Thanksgiving week; it will be communicated to students in the Suncat Times, social media, and other venues, he said.

When students go on new student orientation tours, the orientation leaders (who are students) inform them about the presence of security officers, they encourage new students to sign-up for emergency text alerts and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, he said.

The tour leaders also inform new students that they can call security at any time if they feel the need for an escort to their vehicle especially at night, he said.

Leslie Katel, a CNM student for about two years, said that she does not recall being informed of safety procedures on campus and suggests that the information be made available to students in other ways besides through the myCNM website.

“I don’t feel safe in the evening.  I feel okay during the day, but I have evening classes and have to park farther away – if there is someone suspicious looking around, I become hyperaware.  I also think there should be more visible security in the evening especially now that it is getting darker earlier,” said Anna Fedele, a student employee.

CNM employees are also trained in safety and security at CNM, Moore said.

In addition to the exposure received in the first day, all new employees are required to take six core mandatory online courses, which include safety and security, he said.

Some of the points covered are weapons and firearms, fire alarms, CNM emergency alerts, security and safety.

CNM also works closely in partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), which does regular patrols of CNM campuses, Moore said.

APD is the official law enforcement agency at CNM, since CNM does not have a police force, only a security force, he said.

According to Moore, another point worth noting in addition to CNM’s emergency text alert and email system, is that CNM has recently installed public-address systems inside all of the CNM buildings to provide important communications in the case of emergencies.

CNM has adjusted the schedules of the parking ambassadors so they are available in the evening to help monitor activity in parking lots and to help students in need.

CNM is also in the process of scheduling mental health first aid trainings and self-defense trainings, Moore said.

“For the size of CNM, it has a relatively low level of crime incidents compared with other urban colleges,” Moore said.

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