Proposal to replace campus police with Brunswick County deputies
BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College is taking the steps to amp up their security. Officials are proposing to replace BCC Police with deputies from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
“We did feel like there was a need for heightened security, more training, more drills like we have with the sheriff’s office. But at this point, we felt like it was time,” said Brunswick Community College President Susanne Adams.
The Brunswick Community College Police Chief is retiring after 35 years at the college. The proposal is years in the making and Adams says that with the chief retiring, opportunity knocked.
“We feel like with the climate today and the need for enhanced safety and security with our academic institutions, we really want to leverage the power, if you will, of the sheriff’s office to make sure that we keep our campus safe,” said Adams.
If BCC’s Board of Trustees and Brunswick County Commissioners approve the proposal, four full-time and two part-time Brunswick County Sheriff Deputies will replace campus police. Adams says these deputies would bring a higher level of training and expertise.
“I don’t think it would hurt at all. A larger police presence wouldn’t hurt us at all. But I don’t necessarily think it’s needed,” said Lukas McCuiston, who has been attending BCC for several years.
McCuiston says he has always felt safe on campus, but he thinks this would be a nice change. Adams says the opportunity will not come at a major cost either. She says the county already has a budget for BCC Police, so instead, this money would go to the Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s really is a no-brainer. It’s an opportunity for us to really garner the kind of expertise that our sheriff’s office has. And it really will not cost us any more,” said Adams.
As for campus police who will be out of a job, they can apply for jobs with the sheriff’s office. The college will also allocate $30,000 a year of state funding to this proposal. The BCC Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal tonight and the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday.