While university environments are generally safe, from time to time serious safety and security-related incident can occur, and it is critical to take measures to prevent them whenever possible.
An important and common element of university safety is video security, a powerful tool that can prevent incidents and provide critical evidence for effective investigation.
In early 2012, Tufts’ Department of Public and Environmental Safety (DPES) undertook the project of creating a video security policy in keeping with the goals of security and privacy and in accordance with both university policy and state and federal laws.
DPES sought input from Tufts students, faculty, and staff at every step of the process through open community meetings and an anonymous feedback tool on the project’s website. As well, DPES consulted with a subject matter expert and the university’s peer and aspirant institutions to inform the process.
Tufts' video security program:
Reduces risk by prioritizing installations based on risk assessments;
Provides for the protection of people and property by serving as a deterrent against criminal activity;
Supports effective post-incident investigations;
Provides public safety personnel with incident response capabilities, allowing real-time awareness of incidents in progress.
Patricia L. Campbell Executive Vice President
Linda Snyder Vice President of Operations
Kevin C. Maguire Director Department of Public and Environmental Safety