After reading the recent article about unionizing the Temple University security I was shocked by the following statement:
“[Mike] Johnson described his job training as inadequate, which he said consisted of watching videos and being tested on them.”
“It was all visual training,” he said. “After you take this visual training, then you fill out your application and if you’re accepted, you go in the back and get your uniform.”
If this level of training is true, then the University should now be looking for a better security firm to protect our students, faculty and staff.
I, and many other Temple employees, know that the process of checking for campus IDs is extremely poor. In my eight years of teaching, IDs are checked at the beginning of the semester and then not at all for the rest of the semester.
I teach in Tuttleman [Learning Center] and even though I pull out my ID when I walk past the guard post it is hardly ever acknowledged. In buildings like Speakman and Wachman Halls ID checking is spotty at best.
Anyone can walk off the street and get into our campus buildings without much effort. I am especially concerned about the Student Center – there is no security visible there in such a large, public gathering location on campus. No IDs are checked and anyone can get to the food court, bathrooms, the credit union or the bookstore.
As an employee of Temple University I think we deserve better security. I do hope that this issue is addressed quickly before we have a serious incident in a classroom or office.
As a teacher I do not feel secure in my classroom or in my office because we do not have well-trained security guards at the front door of our buildings.
Computer and Information Sciences