PLATTSBURGH NY July 31 2019 — Clinton Community College will be utilizing a new security service when students return to school this fall.
The college’s board of trustees approved a resolution to contract the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for campus security at its July 23 meeting.
The move will shave $10,000 off of the college’s security costs compared to the $100,000 it had budgeted for a private security company in years past, but David Favro, chairperson of the board and Sheriff of Clinton County, hopes that the move will also boost a program at the college.
“We can try and utilize the members (of the department) that will be here, and integrate it into the criminal justice program,” Favro said of the popular field of study at the college.
“This will be a good opportunity for students”
Favro, who abstained from voting on the resolution, added that having a law enforcement entity on campus will provide other advantages
“(They) did a wonderful job with the task they were given, but it was a private security entity as opposed to a law enforcement entity,” Favro said.
“If there was an issue, they were able to call law enforcement and get a response, but this will put law enforcement on campus, and provide a safer campus environment.”
The contract was authorized the next night at the Clinton County Legislature’s regular session meeting.
There, legislator Mark Dame added that the college will be rehiring retired officers to fill the on-campus positions and paying for it in full.
“It shows that the college is looking at every which-way they can to save money,” Dame said.