400+ security cameras being installed at Westfield State

Installation comes following racial incidents on campus

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -Westfield State University is currently in the process of adding new security measures across campus..

Recent racial incidents at Westfield State have resulted in more than 400 security cameras being installed throughout the the university.

President of the university, Ramon Torrechila told 22News that he hopes having these cameras installed will prevent any further acts of hate or violence from occurring.

The cameras will be mounted throughout university property, with a focus on the residence halls.

Freshman, Tyler Moody told 22News that he think the cameras could violate the personal space of students.

Torrechila also said that these cameras are in addition to around the clock security and increased patrols on campus.

Some students told 22News this increased security at the university will allow students to stay more focused on schoolwork.

“We are in a learning environment, everybody’s having crazy majors..homework,” said student Florence Addai.
 “With this going it derives people from actually wanting to be around campus.”
“Honestly it’s about time,” said Nicole Lessard.  “It’s kinda ridiculous that we haven’t already had cameras just cause of this reason.”

The racial incidents have not been the only safety concerns on campus recently. On Sunday, students living in one residence hall had to evacuate their dorms due to a bomb threat scare. State police joined campus officers and the Westfield police in a search, but nothing of concern was actually found.

 

Torrechila said the installation of the security cameras will begin as early as Monday.

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