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Public Safety Department Opens New Emergency Communication Dispatch & Service Center

Thursday, January 17, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - If you board an elevator in the basement of Hostos Community College’s C-Building, you’re likely to notice a new space where Public Safety Officers are working to keep the campus secure.

Recently the college’s 24-hour Emergency Communication Dispatch & Service Center was moved from Public Safety’s administrative office to the corridor in the basement. Chief Arnaldo Bernabe, Director of Campus Police & Security, stated that taking advantage of this previously unused space has provided his department with more room to work and given greater visibility to the center. Moreover, the new station is nearer to the East Academic Center’s parking lot, thereby increasing the security of this area.

Public Safety Dispatchers are responsible for taking all incoming emergency calls, as well as coordinating and dispatching calls for service and response. Public Safety Officers at this post will also be able to monitor campus security surveillance cameras and remotely operate the college’s emergency public address system in the 450, 475, and 500 Grand Concourse buildings during a single-location or campus-wide emergency.

In addition to being a 24-hour point of contact for students, faculty, and staff, the Emergency Communication Dispatch Service Center also serves as a visitor information counter, lost and found department, and a dispatch point for college vehicles.

For more information on the Department of Public Safety at Hostos Community College, visit http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/publicsafety/.

Public Safety Department
450 Grand Concourse, Room C-030
Bronx, NY 10451
Telephone: (718) 518-6888

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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