College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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Safety & Security prot eC t ing C aMpUS reSoUrCeS an honor to serve thoughts on those who serve others at any cost. By MiChael dor n T he past four months have truly been a blur for the dedicated staff of our nonproft campus safety center. several of our personnel have only had two or three days off — counting weekends and holidays — since the tragic shooting at sandy Hook elementary school in newtown, Ct. i took off Christmas eve and Christmas day, but have worked every other day since then. i keynoted a couple of dozen times, worked on nearly 30 school security assessment projects, conducted evaluations for several major court cases, and have been working on course development for part of the white House's school safety initiative. we are also fnding time to work on a new book for release in bookstores next fall. the pace and travel has been a bit challenging, even to people who are used to being on the road more than they are at home. that allows ed and other dedicated men and women to protect and serve students, faculty, staff, and visitors at my alma mater. Those Who Serve i have written a book and, if time permitted, could pen several more describing the incredible valor, commitment, and innovations of the brave men and women i had the honor to serve with at the Bibb County (ga) school district Police department. offcer Kenneth Bronson disarmed a man who was high on drugs and attempting to decapitate one of our building principals with a machete. sergeant steve Meadows rode a police mountain bike into a gunfght between rival gangs to protect the students who were departing from a high school down the street from the shootout. to this day, nothing in an action movie can inspire me as much as these and countless other acts of valor and gravity of these and other outstanding school district police offcers i have served with. i encountered many other dedicated men and women of service Perspective to others at the georgia emergency Management agency — offce However, as i have told our staff, the families who lost loved of the governor. though typically not exposed as regularly to ones in newtown have not had a break from the pain of this terrible life-threatening danger, my colleagues at the agency also often had event since that fateful day. they will experience far more nights their lives disrupted for weeks and even months at a time when a of inadequate sleep than we will in the months and years ahead. tornado caused death and destruction or some other calamity when people ask us how required emergency we can work 12- to 16-hour you see, although there is much tragedy management personnel days, seven days a week, in the world, there are also no shortage to spring into action on a for months at a time, i offer moment's notice. Charlie of outstanding men and women whose english, Charlie dawson, this perspective. when your work is a calling that you focus in life is to serve others at all costs. Micah Hamrick, Joe are passionate about, it adams, Brock long, and makes it relatively easy to endure what are, in reality, only mild many other fne individuals also have inspired me with their hard inconveniences. since our analysts and support personnel see their work, dedication to the agency mission, and selfess service. role as a mission rather than a job, they work tirelessly and without taking some time to refect while on a fight home after a series complaint. their dedication is an inspiration to me. of very long weeks, i cannot help but be inspired by the memories as a public safety practitioner for roughly half of my lifetime, of the hundreds of outstanding men and women i have been afi was blessed to have had the privilege to serve with many forded the honor to call colleagues. you see, although there is much outstanding human beings with this type of focus. sergeant tragedy in the world, there are also no shortage of outstanding men ed roney, who has served with the Mercer university Police and women whose focus in life is to serve others at all costs. CPM department for more than two decades and who once risked his life by exposing himself to gunfre to protect a co-ed in danger, Michael Dorn serves as the executive director for Safe Havens always came to work with an eagerness to make our university a International, Inc., an IRS-approved, nonproft safety center. safe place. His chief of Police, gary Collins, served our country He has authored and co-authored more than 20 books on campus in combat in Vietnam, served honorably as well with the Macon safety. He can be reached through the Safe Havens website at (ga) Police department, and has provided the type of leadership 14 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2013 www.PLANNING 4EduCATION.COM

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