Jackson Community College in Michigan is looking to save nearly $300,000 by using a private company to provide its security needs.
The transition is scheduled to take place Aug. 1 with ArmorKnight Security providing the college’s security services.
“We are still very committed to having a safe and secure campus,” said a college spokesperson. “We will continue to have armed security on campus 24/7. We haven’t changed that commitment in any way.”
The privatized service, paid at an hourly rate, is budgeted at about $400,000 as opposed to the approximately $680,000 the college’s own department cost the school, said the spokesperson.
The community college is retaining two of its security officers. while one full-time employee and two other part-time employees will move into other positions at the school. Two open full-time positions will go unfilled and the program’s 10 to 15 temporary employees will be interviewed by ArmorKnight for possible employment there, said a school spokesperson.
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