Campus surveillance cameras help Pullman police

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 7:01 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Police credit new surveillance cameras with helping figure out what happened to a Washington State University professor. Dr. David Warner was assaulted on March 30th in a Pullman parking lot. 

Investigators said cameras installed a couple of months ago near Adams Mall caught a glimpse of the suspects. Now two people are in custody and officers are looking for two more suspects.

The cameras were installed when WSU received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice. Police said criminology students were monitoring the cameras on the night Warner was attacked.

“They followed proper procedure, they called in the incident to 911 and were relaying information,” said Dr. David Makin.  

WSU Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. David Makin, oversees the student volunteers who watch the cameras. Makin said students watch the cameras overnight and notify police to any incident which requires help. An Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Dr. Zachary Hays, studies the effectiveness of the cameras. Hays told KREM 2 News that he looks at whether the cameras reduce alcohol related crimes and disturbances.

“We hit a lot of criticism on big brother aspect,” said Hays, “would you want to have someone that is looking out for the safety of your child that is there, and ultimately, that's what we are doing.”

WSU students monitor five cameras. Staff members said the monitors go through detailed training and background checks.

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