Among the improvements is a new video surveillance system.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will be nearly doubling the number of security cameras on campus over the next few months. UH Hilo’s security director Darrell Mayfield says a new incident reporting and tracking software system will be in place and a new emergency operations center is under construction near the University Classroom Building.
The budget currently under consideration in the State Legislature includes a request for funding to support the university in manning its own security force rather than continuing to contract out to a private company.
Among the changes being implemented is a campuswide data network improvement project to support a new video surveillance system, as well as the addition of blue-light call stations. Totaling just more than $5 million, the project began in May and is expected to be complete at the end of next month.
“We’re in the process of upgrading our cameras and video surveillance system,” Mayfield said earlier this month. “There’ll be over 200 cameras on the campus after that. … We’ll have a room set up for two officers with video screens on the walls.”
UH Hilo is the last campus in the 10-campus UH System to use a private contractor for its security, says Jerry Chang, director of University Relations.