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Pima Community College is welcoming
many changes this year to improve campus safety.
More than $2.7 million will be used
for enhanced safety on the six campuses.
"The safety of everyone at PCC is a top priority for the college,"
Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said in a news release. "We are constantly looking
for ways to improve security so that our campuses and facilities continue to be
great places to learn and work."
Each classroom will receive a new
lock that can be locked from the inside by pushing a button. Also,
approximately 100 fire alarms and fire suppression devices will be relocated or
added to the campuses.
New panic buttons, placed around
the campuses, will send a signal to the PCC Department of Public Safety
dispatchers, who are available 24/7.
The Northwest campus will test an
emergency loudspeaker paging system that may be implemented at other PCC
campuses by next year.
Two new dispatchers, four new
campus police officers and ten Community Service Officer positions will be
created. Their pay is not included in the budget.
PCC activated a PCCAlert text-message notification system
Anyone can sign up to receive PCCAlert notifications. The
texts will notify subscribers of violent activity, hazards and major disruptions
to PCC, including building closures, campus closures, and severe weather.
Text 79516 to sign up for the text system. Some cell
phone providers may charge a fee for text message delivery.
"The PCCAlert system is one of many ways
that the college can use to communicate during an emergency," says William
Ward, Vice Chancellor for Facilities.