By: Matthew Seaver, Web Editor
A feeling of safety is one of the most important things that a person can have.
Here on campus the people that keep you safe are the members of Public Safety. They are the ones who give you parking tickets and the ones who will walk you back to your room if you feel unsafe.
Public Safety officers are a necessary part of any college campus. While some may have a different name, like campus police, they all have similar roles.
The officers here at Lyndon will respond and handle anywhere from one to seven incidents in a given day, most of which are drug or alcohol related.
And just like for you or I, the hardest part of the job can be the people you have to interact with. This is very prevalent in a job where you have to tell people that they cannot do something or if you have to take something away from them.
Most everyone knows, at least in part, what Public Safety officers do. But safety is not a “decide-as-you-go-along” issue. There are guidelines, methods and routines that outline how situations are to be dealt with.
This investigation into the schools safety procedure comes after an incident that occurred over the summer.
On June 14 there was a bomb threat made against the campus. The threat was eventually cleared and the campus was deemed safe.
This following will be a cross reference of the information about what happened that has been shared with students and what the emergency policy states will happen in the aforementioned situation.
Starting from the beginning, an email was received by Admissions and Student Services that attempted to pose as a student. The email contained a threat that claimed multiple explosive devices placed around campus.
As soon as the threat is received, the emergency procedures go into effect. In this case, the Vermont State Police were called and the Public Safety officials did a visual sweep of the campus for anything suspicious and found nothing.
However, emergency policy states that when a threat is received any affected building will be evacuated until at least one hour past the time of the threat and trained personnel will go into the building to clear it.
If there is no time table for when the, in this case, bomb will be detonated then the building will be evacuated and no search will be done.
For the June 14 threat, as far as the information provided to students, there was no time specified with the threat. Therefore there should not have been any search. There was also no evacuation of any or all buildings, which is also outlined in the emergency procedure.
The threat was cleared and the investigation handed over to the Vermont State Police.
Students were not notified of the incident until 3:30 p.m. The threat was made at 1:45 p.m.
Public Safety keeps a log of all of the incidents that they respond to on a week to week basis. This incident was not recorded in those logs.
Public Safety is here to protect you, that being said there are still things that you as a student can do to help keep yourself safe.
Head of Public Safety George Hacking suggests that students be aware of your surroundings and who you are with. Avoid situations that have the potential to become dangerous. Always have a plan in case something goes wrong.
Safety is an extremely important part of campus life and everyday life. Make sure that you are knowledgeable in how to stay safe and where to go, who to call, if you need help.
The Critic contacted both Jonathan Davis and Sylvia Plumb for interviews, but were unable to comment in time for this article.