Public Safety Collaborative Continues to Develop
The three-college (Hampshire,
Mount Holyoke and Smith) Public Safety collaborative continues
to move forward toward establishing fully coordinated operations.
The centralized dispatch center,
located at Mount Holyoke since July 2009, is now the hub
of all service, receiving calls from all three colleges,
dispatching officers, and communicating with the municipal
police and fire departments as needed. Dispatchers have visited
all three campuses to become familiar with the physical layout
and buildings of each college, and have also been trained
on the alarms and security features of each institution.
All patrol staff have been cross-trained on all three campuses
and are working to develop closer relationships with the
student, faculty, and staff of each campus.
The cross-campus training and
other department efforts are helping all members of Public
Safety feel more connected to each other and to the communities
that the Department serves.
In addition, we have developed
a new visual identity for the combined department, which
includes a consistent dark blue uniform, a newly designed
three-college patch, and relettered patrol vehicles ().
The vehicles are lettered with the words “Public Safety” on
their sides and “Campus Police” on the back, clearly visible
so that officers traveling between campuses can be easily
and quickly identified since members of our patrol staff
are also authorized to assist the local police in surrounding
towns as needed (e.g., traffic, emergency lights, first aid).
Until a new director is in place,
the interim Public Safety leadership team includes Barbara
Arrighi as interim director, Bryan Roman as interim associate
director for Mount Holyoke, and Josh Dufresne as interim
lieutenant. Ray LaBarre and Scott Graham continue as associate
directors for Hampshire and Smith, respectively, and Sue
Dawley continues as lieutenant.
The search for a new three-campus
director is well under way, and a cross-campus search committee
(see members below), including staff, students, and faculty,
has finished its initial review of a strong and diverse pool
of candidates and has identified a short list of candidates
it will pursue further. The committee expects to have two
to three finalists identified to bring to campus for a comprehensive,
three-campus interview process sometime in April. The search
committee is committed to conducting the search in a way
that provides opportunity for community input and that ensures
broad campus engagement in the process. Members of the community
are welcome to contact any search committee member if they
have questions or suggestions.
Public Safety director
- MaryJo Maydew, VP for
Finance and Administration, Mount Holyoke College,
Chair Genesis Berlanga, Mount Holyoke College student
- Hailey Bird, Smith College
- Rene Davis, Director of
Residential Life, Mount Holyoke College
- Dawn Ellinwood, Dean of
Students, Hampshire College
- Julie Ohotnicky, Dean
of Students, Smith College
- Ajay Sinha, Professor
of Art, Mount Holyoke College
- Christopher Thomas, Hampshire
- Lauren Turner, Director
of Human Resources, Mount Holyoke College, Staff