Campus Police Getting New Headquarters
WINTERVILLE—Earlier this fall, Pitt Community College's maintenance department completed its move into a brand new facility services complex on campus, paving the way for demolition of the old maintenance building and construction of a new PCC Police Department headquarters near that central campus site.
Pitt administrators say that in addition to a new building for the college’s police department, demolishing the former maintenance facility creates green space near the Kathryn V. Whichard and Raymond Reddrick buildings. It also enables the school to connect the street between the Vernon E. White and Clifton W. Everett buildings with Street B, which runs between the Craig F. Goess Student Center and the main student parking lot.
When their new building has been completed in the spring of 2012, PCC police will have 3,000 square feet of office space. For the past 19 years, the department has been using a single-wide trailer between the White and Everett buildings as its headquarters.
“We inherited the trailer from the college’s radiology department when the William E. Fulford Building opened for classes in January of 1993,” said PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards. “It’s been close quarters ever since, but we’ve managed to make it work and keep the campus safe for students and employees.”
Edwards said that in addition to more space for officers and office staff to work, the new police headquarters will make it easier to accommodate the rush of students registering for parking passes and student ID cards each semester.
Since PCC's first sworn officer began patrolling campus in the 1970s, Edwards said the department has grown significantly. The current department, he said, is comprised of six full-time sworn officers and seven part-time sworn and unsworn officers.