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Tales of Bloat: S&S

Today the College’s Department of Safety and Security’s has thirty-eight (38) employees operating out of its premises at 5 Rope Ferry Road, as it reports in the 2014 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report:

Eighteen (18) Security Officers and Guards are trained to patrol the campus on foot, in vehicles and on bicycles, and are actively involved in the personal and physical security of the campus. Seven (7) Communication Officers provide continuous coverage of the Communications Center where they answer questions, provide information, and dispatch personnel to answer calls for service and to provide assistance in routine and emergency situations. Assisting the Director in administering all of the responsibilities of the department is an Associate Director; nine (9) supervisory personnel, which include two (2) full-time investigators; a special investigator for sexual assault and bias incidents, and one administrative assistant.

Thirty-eight employees! ‘Twas not always so. The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine had a well researched report about the growth of the College’s Safety and Security force over the years in its January 1977 issue (pp 6-7). Here’s how S&S has evolved over the years:

1769-1920: no campus police
1920-or-so-1931: George “Bud” Spray
1931-1947: Spray and Nelson Wormwood
1947-1949: Wormwood and Theodore Gaudreau
1949-1963: Gaudreau, a lieutenant and two officers
1963-1964: John Carey, a lieutenant and two officers
1964-1975: John O’Connor, a lieutenant and two officers, and, I imagine, others
1976—1977: Robert McEwan, eight men in uniform and two female office staff (two uniformed officers missing below):

Dartmouth S&S.jpg

In short, for the first 200 years of its existence, the College made do with a maximum of eleven S&S employees, though mostly it had none. Since the late 1970’s the staff has ballooned to well over triple that number, even though the number of undergraduate students has remained unchanged? Sound familiar?

Addendum: As we have noted in the past, Brown University — as befits its urban location in Providence — has 80 campus police officers. Unlike Dartmouth’s potentially inexpensive private security guards, Brown’s force is armed and has arrest powers. Even though Brown has more than double the security personnel that the College has, and it has a third more students and faculty than we do, last year its total wages and benefits bill was $85,457,000 below Dartmouth’s — 17.4% less (see the College’s accounts and Brown’s).

Addendum: The archives of the Alumni Magazine are now on-line, and they are searchable. For a free history lesson, open an old edition and leaf through it page by page. A great many things have changed in Hanover.


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