College Beefs Up Security

It’s not just students walking the halls of an Omaha college. A security guard is now at the school and soon off-duty police officers will be on the campus beat.

“Make sure everything is staying calm.” Security guard Jake Dingess helps protect students at Wright Career College at 84th and Hascall by doing his homework. “Know anything I should be concerned with?”

Records from 911 show two police calls to the college last month, one a disturbance after an administrator confronted a small group of outsiders. “We had some students that were in disagreement with one another and apparently one of them said we'll call in some friends,” said Wright’s John Mucci.

Nothing happened and administrators assure students nothing should. “You've seen the last couple of days we have a security guard,” said Mucci.

The 400 students can expect protection from more than a skeleton crew. Wright Career College will soon be exercising a change in security by going from private security guards to sworn officers working off duty who carry a badge and gun.

These students hope the officers will make the career college even safer. “It’s nice to know that we do have that connection here at our fingertips without having to call 911,” said student Rosalina Ross.

“We've had some problems here in the past and now they have security here with us, it makes us feel a lot more safe and secure,” said student Kim Fischer.

Wright students range in age from 19 to 60 years old, who can now concentrate on the assignment in front of them because security has their back.

It has cost the nonprofit college about $300 a day for uniformed security, but administrators say they'll spend more if necessary to have sworn off-duty officers on campus. That will happen as soon as law enforcement agencies approve the request.

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