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College Adds More Cameras in Buildings

WINTERVILLE—As the world becomes an increasingly dangerous place—seemingly by the day—Pitt Community College administrators are working to continually enhance campus safety.

According to PCC Police Chief Jay Shingleton, the college passed a major milestone this fall when it installed new surveillance cameras in all of the buildings on Pitt’s main campus. He said the cameras have been mounted in public areas of the facilities, such as hallways and lobbies.

Shingleton added that the college is in the process of adding more cameras outside of the buildings.

PCC Vice President of Administrative Services Rick Owens says the additional cameras are expected to serve as a crime deterrent while helping PCC police officers better document crimes and solve them.

Though the cameras will help improve safety, Owens stressed that the key to campus safety at PCC is its police department.

“Having sworn officers on campus who are ready to respond to situations immediately is our biggest asset with regard to safety,” Owens said. “The value of a quick response time from well-trained professionals when it comes to providing a safe environment for students and employees cannot be overstated.”