Wolves in the running for new security devices

The University of West Georgia has been nominated by Stanley Security to win up to $150,000 dollars to go towards the installation of security devices on campus.

UWG Police Chief Thomas Mackel, who has been with UWG since 1989, is enthused with the idea of receiving this funding. Obtaining these necessary funds will launch the much-needed installation of security hardware, like video cameras, at UWG. The top two schools with the most votes will receive the funding for the devices and installation of their choice. UWG students, staff and faculty can vote through Jan. 19 until Feb.13 between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. at www.StanleySaferSchool.com. All friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances are encouraged to participate daily by tweeting #STANLEYSecurity and #westga or by texting “westga” to 334455.

“Our goal is to allow them to begin by installing video cameras on campus. We would do a path from the TLC, up through the UCC and down back to the center point fountain. Also we’d make another path from East Commons to the UCC that way both sides of the library are secure, covering the heaviest foot trafficked area,” said Mackel.

Currently, Wolf Guardian is the system available as a means for providing safety for students here at UWG, and it is a great way to stay safe on campus in 2015. This Wolf Guardian app allows UWG students to be in control of their safety. You can go to Smart911.com, set up a profile with the school’s address and then download the app to your cell phone.

Having your picture available to campus police as well as your choice of personal information, such as your emergency contacts or your allergies, can prove helpful in an emergency. It also allows the police to be able to determine your location and connects you to other students in your area called “guardians” to provide a constant buddy system.

Always remember you should call 678-839-6000 if in need of assistance. UWG’s Regent-certified campus police officers are fully equipped to handle any emergency. By doing so, a student can cut their wait in response time by three to four crucial minutes.

“If you call 911, they’re just going to turn around and call us,” Mackel said.



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