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ECC gets grant for safety enhancement

ELGIN – Elgin Community College has learned it is one of 448 educational institutions in Illinois to receive a grant to enhance safety and security on campus, according to a news release issued by ECC.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced the Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant Program earlier this year. ECC was awarded $186,641.62 to fund two projects, the release stated.

The first project is the purchase of five additional STARCOM radios, which ensure interoperable communication between the ECC Police Department and its mutual aid fire and police partners. The other project is the purchase and installation of shatter-resistant glass and film in strategic locations throughout the campus.

Tami Haukedahl, ECC’s deputy chief of police, said ECC “has a well-earned reputation for being among the safest campuses in the state and country,” according to the release.

“This support will maintain the great momentum we gathered over the last few years in campus safety and security,” Haukedahl said.

These security enhancements will greatly benefit the safety of all ECC students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, Haukedahl said, according to the release.

Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors, the release stated.

In 2012, ECC was named the fifth-safest college or university in Illinois by www.stateuniversity.com, which was based on campus crime rates.

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