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UWI (Mona, Jamaica) steps up Campus Security

For Release Upon Receipt - November 26, 2008

St. Augustine

Heightened security measures have been implemented by the administration of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, Jamaica. In order to increase personal safety awareness, members of the campus community are being made cognizant of the new security precautions through meetings and electronic media.

The university administration has taken a number of additional steps to further ensure students’ safety, including the intensification of a programme designed to sensitise students to the need to be responsible for assisting in keeping the campus secure. Students will enjoy an expanded on-demand security escort service, as well as an additional shuttle service to assist students to connecting transport points.

In addition, key areas across the Campus will continue to be monitored by security cameras, as well as other electronic controls which are being introduced. University administration is also assessing the viability of introducing a shuttle route to take off-campus students to surrounding communities at night.

UWI Mona maintains that there have been no reported incidents on campus, but recognises that incidents in the vicinity of the campus have resulted in a heightened sense of insecurity among students. As such, the UWI administration wishes to advise that the campus security is on high alert, has responded to all claims of incidents, and continues to be prepared for rapid response if necessary. Additionally, theUWI Mona recognises that the current security issue is a national problem and is calling on the Jamaican government to develop more effective security policies to alleviate this situation.