Western Kentucky University Adds Closed Circuit Security

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"It'll allow us to be able to monitor remote areas, places with very little traffic. Times when police officers are in other areas busy with other calls."

The new closed circuit security camera system that Western is adding is not the first exterior system on campus.

"There are some cameras that are near the bell tower monitoring in that area. However, they haven't been monitored by the police department."

Captain Mike Dowell says the cameras are being put up on buildings such as the Weatherby Building and the courtyard in between Northeast and Southwest halls.

In addition to adding the new cameras, the police department will be adding a new communications center to their office in order for officers to be able to monitor the cameras closely for any strange activity.

Dowell says while he wants the cameras to be noticeable, he doesn't want them to be obtrusive. That's why they'll only be used to monitor the public areas of campus.

The closed circuit system will also be able to save information from its visual feeds.

"It will be attached to a storage recording system and we'll be able to go back and review any of those cameras and footage over a period of time."

The University Police says they are hoping for additional funding from the state in order to hire more employees to man the new communications.

The system is expected to be up and running by the end of the month.

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