Blackburn Campus Community and Safety does a lot more than unlocking buildings at 5:30 in the morning. They are the ones who stay up late hours of the night to make sure that Blackburn stays safe for students, faculty and staff. When the workers aren’t unlocking buildings, they are actively surveying campus keeping an eye out for suspicious persons, checking that any alarms are working properly and making sure that students feel safe walking from building to building late at night. Morrison Fraser, Campus Security and Safety Supervisor, answered some questions about what working in Security includes.
Fraser stated that the main responsibilities that a security worker has are to lock and unlock campus buildings and patrol the campus. “Report any suspicious activity to the police or investigate themselves,” Fraser said. As investigating themselves depends on the confidence, as well as experience, of the students worker, every worker is encouraged to notify Carlinville police of any suspicious activity.
The workload for security depends on the student’s position. General workers are responsible for unlocking and locking doors; crew heads fill in for general workers who are unable to make an unlock shift. Crew heads also are responsible for the on-call overnight phone for anything that happens during the evening. The managers, assistant and general, are in charge of making the monthly work schedule.
Fraser believes and hopes that with this department, “everyone feels safer knowing there is someone they can contact with their concerns 24 hours a day.” Fraser feels that any student can work here. “Especially for students wanting to go into police work; this gives you an opportunity to interact with local law enforcement on occasion and attend free training.”