According to a recently obtained ATIPP request, The Office of the Chief Risk Officer at Memorial University spent a total of $1,035,755.81 on security cameras and security devices from 2021 to 2023. They spent $483,329.98 during the 2021-2022 fiscal year and $552,425.83 during the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
There are 800 security cameras around campus, and the project to update them has been ongoing for three years. The OCRO states that “the university uses security cameras to monitor public areas in order to deter crime and assist CEP and law enforcement in maximizing the safety of individuals and property that are part of the university community.” The public areas include hallways and common/circulation areas, points of entry/exit, elevator lobbies, retail areas, areas where money is handled (cash handling, ATMS), dining facilities, laboratories, library interiors, building exteriors, loading docks/shipping and receiving areas, sidewalks and other pedestrian walkways, and parking areas.
The OCRO states that the Communications and Control Centre (CCC) of Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) plays an “integral role in helping to create a safe and secure campus for all members of the university community.”
Furthermore, they state, “This center provides emergency response and coordinates security activities for the university. Risks have arisen in the operations of the CCC, as multiple systems reached or were past the end of life, with no ability to accommodate campus expansion or to upgrade the system. In response to these risks, the Office of the Chief Risk Officer (OCRO) completed a risk analysis using the university’s Risk Framework. A project team was subsequently formed to complete a review and estimate a project budget for the upgrade and replacement of five key systems.”
See ATIPP files below:
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.