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e-dition - August 29, 2007

UWinnipeg's Security Services offers Safe Ride program for faculty, staff and students. (Photo: Shawn Coates)

UWinnipeg Implements New Security Initiatives

By Shawn Coates

The University of Winnipeg announced in July a series of new initiatives that reflect the institution’s pro-active approach to campus safety and to advancements in its security system development.

The plans include the creation of the University’s own security force, the installation of a cutting-edge electronic access control system and the establishment of an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator position. As well, the University has submitted a proposal for an extensive video security system that will expand its present video patrolling efforts.

Security is a priority
“At The University of Winnipeg, security is a priority,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, University President & Vice-Chancellor. “Students, staff and downtown residents need to know that the University is a safe place. With all the growth and change on campus, we need to take a responsible and effective stand when it comes to safety in our community.”

These new moves are part of The University of Winnipeg’s on-going commitment to student safety and to being a leader in downtown area. The following is an outline of the new security initiatives:

University of Winnipeg Security Force
The University has begun the process of developing an in-house security force. Recruited, trained and employed by UWinnipeg, members of this group will be highly skilled in the areas of security and campus awareness.

Presently, the University contracts a third-party company to provide a security presence on campus. People working in this capacity are licensed and are pre-screened with criminal and child-abuse background checks. UWinnipeg’s new security force will meet and exceed those requirements with additional instruction, such as venue-specific training.

“We will go beyond the standard requirements because we want the best people possible on the job,” said David

Mauro, Director of Security for the University. “The move to our own security team marks a very significant but necessary transition in our approach to meeting student safety needs.”

The security force will be as large as 30 people. The University wishes the group to represent the diversity of the population living in the area.


UWinnipeg's Security Services is implementing new measures including UWinnipeg's own security force. (Photo: Shawn Coates)

Electronic Access Control System
The University of Winnipeg is the first post-secondary institution in Canada and among the first in North America to implement the Salto Access Control System on its campus. To be phased in over the next few years, the infrastructure is a state-of-the-art electronic locking system that offers flexible programming and functional access control. The system operates in a wireless environment and can provide detailed tracking information for administrators.

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