Welfare and Security Committee


November 11, 2008

Research Administration Building – 1st floor conference room - 3:00 PM


Attendance: Jim Ellington, Mark Demyanek, Matt Noury, Jilda Garton, Chris Thompson, Bob Pikowsky.  Special invited guest:  Chief Crocker and Lt. Carla Cook.


Special invited guest Chief Crocker answered questions about GT’s crime statistics and steps that could be taken to prevent crime.



Chief Crocker spoke about the recurrence of external thieves – Stolen vehicles; car-jacking; vehicle break-ins and perpetrators who are stealing GT bicycles. 


Internal thieves may consist of contractors; terminated employees; office creepers and distrusting employees and students who have keys or access to the building.


Crime stats are public information which can be obtained from Atlanta Police Department.  Crime alerts are sent out by Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD), you can sign up to receive Crime Alerts or BOLO (Be on the look out) on GTPD website (http://www.police.gatech.edu/crimealerts.htm.) in an effort to deter and prevent crime by informing the Tech community of recent criminal activity in the area. Lt. Carla Cook is a great contact for getting information on crime on GT’s campus, you may email carla.gartner@police.gatech.edu.

Chief Crocker suggested some safety tips that you can use to help protect yourself and belongings now and during the holidays.

Chief Crocker assured the WSC that GTPD is working with Atlanta Police Dept. (APD), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Midtown Blue to build a working relationship to deter prostitution, robberies, carjackings, rapes and murders in the midtown area.  Andy Altizer (Director of Emergency Preparedness) has been working with the Atlanta Fire Department to form working relationships to help with our campus drills and inspections.

More safeguards that GTPD are working on to secure the campus, Reed Galli (Physical Security Specialist w/GTPD) is working on a camera project.  Reed is currently focusing on a standard camera system to increase the level of security by creating a unified software, camera and monitoring system which is more effective and efficient throughout campus.  WSC suggested creating a spec sheet with vendors, software and cameras that are recommended by GTPD.

WSC invited and welcomed Chief Crocker as a guest to attend the WSC monthly meetings.

WSC reviewed and made edits to the Georgia Tech Smoking Policy draft.  An updated draft will be presented at the next meeting.

The WSC meeting was adjourned at 4:45 pm.  The next WSC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 2008 in the GTRC Board Room in the Research Administrative Building at 3:00 p.m.