USC Aiken security upgrades increase safety for anyone on campus

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News 12 This Morning/Thursday January 9, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW)--"I was a student here after leaving the Marine Corp and it was interesting--after I came as a student I realized I wanted to be a police officer," said Kevin Liles.

So after attending USC Aiken, Liles served as an Aiken County Sheriff's deputy before coming back to campus where he's now the Chief of Police.

"When I came back I sort of had a different perspective about the college campus," Chief Liles explained. "As a student who had been here, of course I knew all of the buildings. But, from an emergency responders angle unless they were familiar campus they wouldn't know where to respond to."

So with the help of students, several university departments and the county--campus street names were added.

"Now, each road is marked. There's addresses for each building on campus and for each dorm," said Liles.

Now, if a student makes an emergency call from anywhere on campus first responders can pinpoint their exact location.

"It just improves response time," said Liles. "So you're talking about cutting down minutes and time so it's just a safety improvement."

Before, USC Aiken only had one main address, which is what pulled up if dispatchers took a 911 call from campus.

Liles tells me it took about a year to make these improvements.

"Luckily, we haven't had any necessary response from anyone since this process has happened in terms of maybe EMS or the fire department yet," he said."But that's what it's about in emergency services is that you do it just in case."

And, as a former student--he says he and so many others could be part of the upgrades.

"I think it's always continuing so there's always means of improvement so there are other things that we can do, but it does to see the system work together to accomplish something that's necessary," said Liles.

The service applies to any call made on campus, whether it's a land line or cell line making it safer for anyone who might ever be on campus.

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