Butler ranks 12th in security among nation’s colleges and universities


Butler Community College has secured a spot on the list of best public safety/campus police departments in the nation among all two- and four-year colleges and universities – number 12 with a bullet, to be exact.

Each year, Security Magazine, the monthly national publication for the security and protection industry, ranks the top 500 safety and security organizations in the United States – focusing on the top 50 or so from various sectors, including Colleges and Universities.

“The Butler Community College Public Safety Department is honored to be recognized as the 12th best College Public Safety Department in the nation for the second time in three years,” said Director of Public Safety Marshall Matthews.

“Marshall Matthews has done an outstanding job in addressing safety issues as they arise and continually monitoring processes to ensure the type of environment that is needed for students to succeed both in and out of the classroom,” said Bill Rinkenbaugh, Butler vice president for student services.

Security Magazine is the largest monthly, national publication addressing public safety. The list places Butler above four-year schools like Texas A&M and University of Florida, as well as two-year schools like Kansas’ Independence Community College. Butler also landed on the list in November 2008. 

“I believe the ranking speaks to the importance Butler places on a safe learning and working environment,” Rinkenbaugh said. “When we identified safety and security as a strategic initiative, individuals came together to discuss the needs for the college. The result was a heightened emphasis on the Department of Public Safety.”

The magazine’s “Security 500” also addresses other sectors’ security rankings, including diversified companies, energy and utilities, hospitals and medical centers and transportation industries.

Security divisions for each area are contacted quarterly, and requested to deliver an in-depth survey of operations. The areas of examination are business resilience and crisis management; benchmarking areas of operations; management and leadership, including personnel, technology and budgeting; risk assessments and incident statistics; and adjusting mission to respond to new threats and new solutions.




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