Keeping the peace
MacEwan’s Security Services welcomes its first peace officers
More observant passersby may have noticed a new grey stripe on the uniform of the university’s Security Services agents, marking the addition of peace officers to the team.
While every Security Services agent and officer will continue to deliver services that maintain a safe learning environment and resolve situations in a positive manner, the university’s peace officers will have a higher level of authority, advanced training and problem solving skills.
“The overall goal is to provide people with assurance that we are staying on top of the changing climate in the downtown core and the entertainment district,” explains Raymond Boudreau, director of Security Services, “and that we also recognize the growth of MacEwan and our commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students, faculty and staff on campus.”
The addition of peace officers to Security Services’ core business did not happen overnight. A year ago, MacEwan applied to the Alberta Solicitor General to become an authorized employer of peace officers. In July, the university received certification to employ Level 1 Community Peace Officers (CPOs). “That means that we can now enforce, in limited variety, provincial legislation—including the Liquor Act and the Traffic Safety Act,” explains Raymond.
Every Security Services agent and peace officer will continue to deliver services that maintain a safe learning environment and to deal with and resolve situations in a positive manner. Peace officers are required to undergo a training program to ensure they meet the standards set by the Solicitor General, as well as those within Security Services.
“The whole philosophy around Security Services is that we do our best to manage behaviour and to displace disruptive behaviour from our campus, which doesn’t necessarily mean displacing people,” says Raymond. “We want people to understand this is a learning environment and that we're focused on students. When you’re on campus, you have to respect that, at its core, this is a learning institution.”
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