The College’s Office of Security recently unveiled its new Command Center, a state-of-the-art facility on the lower level of 209 East 23rd Street. Director of Security Nick Agjmurati has five security supervisors working out of the center, which includes high-tech communications and digital connections to the College’s security cameras from the supervisor’s desktop. The majority of these supervisors are retired law-enforcement officers, which Agjumurati sees as a boost to SVA’s entire security staff. “These hires enhance the safety and training for our officers,” says Agjumurati. “When they get better training, from experienced people, they perform better for the College.” Security has also added the Detex system, which requires officers to swipe an electronic card before each of their rounds, ensuring that every space scheduled for monitoring gets the attention it requires.
The opening of the Command Center and the improvement in officer training undergirds the release of the College’s complete 2003 security statistics, which find SVA’s already-safe campus even more secure: Nearly every category measured had a yearlong score of zero, including assaults, motor vehicle thefts and violent crimes; the only reported on-campus crimes—burglary—saw a significant reduction. Agjumurati credits the general safety of SVA to his skilled 24-hour staff and the overall cooperation of the students, faculty and staff.
Image: Security Supervisors Sharon Garcia and Carmen Jimenez in the new Command Center; photo by Brian Glaser.