Kayli Hertel – Features Editor
Starting this year, Lasell College and Mount Ida College have merged their public safety division. “Mount Ida wanted to move forward with more of a law enforcement component instead of just a security guard component,” said Lasell Chief of Police Edward Conlin.
The merge benefits both campuses; both task forces have added more dispatchers, more opportunities for educational programs, and more personnel to patrol. Before the merge, Lasell would lose a dispatcher each time an officer went on a shift but now has a team focused solely on dispatching.
Campus police is now able to work with resident assistants and area coordinators as well as student organizations.
“Now we have someone assigned to do educational programs, meet with RAs, meet with the buildings on both campuses,” said Conlin. “It gave us the ability to have someone dedicated to providing that service. This officer will be able to work with them, prepare the programs, and give the programs.”
Recently, there has been a greater need for more surveillance on campus due to thefts in the Forrest Suites. “We have gotten complaints against the person for stealing, larceny, and trespassing,” said Conlin. A staff member caught the suspect, wrote down the suspect’s license plate number, and notified campus police.
Campus police’s mission is to serve and protect those within the surrounding area. “[The goal is] safety for everyone who lives here, works here, or gets involved here,” said
Conlin. “It was a way to benefit both colleges and at the same time provide better service. We can’t solve all these problems on our own.”