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Meet the faces ‘Behind the Badge’ of Campus Safety

They patrol The College of Idaho campus 24 hours per day. If there’s something strange in the neighborhood—or if you lost your student I.D. card—they’re the ones you call. But in many ways, C of I Campus Safety Officers lead fairly anonymous lives.

But Campus Safety is looking to change that this fall through “Behind the Badge,” a special program set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The event provides a forum for the C of I and local communities to get to know Campus Safety Officers on a personal level, as well as Caldwell police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

“We are opening ourselves up to the concerns and interests of our community,” said Campus Safety Officer and C of I student Bridget Kernan, who organized the event. “We want everyone to recognize who their Campus Safety Officers and Caldwell first responders are and feel comfortable approaching us, on or off duty, with anything.”

“Behind the Badge” will be held in Morrison Quadrangle (weather permitting), with games, golf cart races, relays, and more. The event will then shift inside to the Langroise Center as students will get to see what Campus Safety is all about and participate in an officer Q & A.

“Being an officer is rewarding because I want people to come to me and trust that my goal—and the goal of the department—is not to bust people or get you in trouble, but to make sure you are living your college experience and having fun, but safely,” said part-time student officer Reanna Vanacore.  

Learning the faces and names of Campus Safety will benefit both the department and students, who are more likely to feel comfortable asking for help from someone they know.

“Hard times or accidents are so difficult, but knowing the person who is taking your report is less awkward and intimidating,” Kernan said. “We’re regular people who like to fish, box, or woodwork. We’re not just aviators and a badge.”

For more information on the event, click here.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.