Chattahoochee Tech increases police presence
by Amanda Ryker
Feb 13, 2012 | 5065 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officer Charles Spann gets into one of the new Chattahoochee Technical College campus police cars.
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Officer Charles Spann gets into one of the new Chattahoochee Technical College campus police cars. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Campus safety police officers at Chattahoochee Technical College have another reason to celebrate moving forward and increasing their presence at all of the college's campuses throughout the region after receiving furnished police vehicles Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The vehicles, used Ford Crown Victoria's with a combined net worth of approximately $15,870, were a donation from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

"It's going to be a great asset to the department," Willis Wade, director of public safety for CTC, said. "Having the marked police vehicles, since we now have a police department here, will deter any bad activity by the mere presence of them."

As the college continues to grow and enrollment increases, the need for public safety also has expanded. Vehicles can decrease response time and assist with officer transportation. The vehicles increase officer visibility and have the potential to cut down on other crimes as well, such as traffic violations.

"Some people do speed in the parking lot and that's dangerous," Wade said. "Having those cars around helps that way and it also acts as a good platform to carry our emergency equipment in when in need of a first aid kit.

"The trouble with traffic, ... we had a gas leak out here not long ago and [having a vehicle] helped a lot to block the traffic on that road way. Blue lights tend to get more attention than just a regular plain car, [which is what we had.]"

According to a CTC news release, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $378,000 to public safety organizations in the state and "the founders' 200-year firefighting heritage inspired the formation of [the foundation], which provides funding, resources and support to public safety entities."

While the college is grateful for the patrol units and is excited to put them to use, Wade noted that the school does not have a high crime rate.

"We don't have a whole lot of crime ... but they are equipped with confinement cages if necessary if we were to have an individual that came out here with bad things on their mind," Wade said. "We'd be able to secure that individual until we could get turned over to the adjacent authorities."

After arriving on campus, the cars were marked in accordance with a design created by CTC Publication Specialist and Graphic Designer Hugh MacKay. All of MacKay's work was done in-house with striping and decals of the college's logos and official college colors.

Total, the educational institution now has four vehicles to be used between the various campuses. Wade said the cars likely will be divided in specific areas, such as keeping one on the North Metro campus in Acworth, sending another to Marietta to service the south campuses and another to the Canton area for the northern campuses. The fourth vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, will be used for emergency situations to carry emergency equipment when needed.

Regardless of their locations, the vehicles are expected to serve the school as a main deterrent for any future crime.

"When you see a police officer in uniform walking around, you know that's a police officer and you know there's people watching and you'll say, 'we don't wanna do anything here,'" Wade said. "It's the same thing on our campus with these patrol cars. They're well marked and [criminals] will go, 'well, we're not gonna do anything bad here. We're gonna go somewhere else.'

"If something were to happen we want to be as prepared as possible and those police cars help."