Security Services beefs up its web presence

With the advent of a new semester, University of Lethbridge Security Services is launching a new and improved website to better serve the University community.

The site, at, is designed with the user in mind, meaning it is much more interactive and informative than its previous version.

"Our previous website just did not provide the depth of information we need it to provide," says Director of Security and Parking Services, John O'Keeffe. "This is a much more interactive site that allows you to register for programs such as Safe Walk and Working Alone, while also giving you much more information about the services we offer."

The website is much easier to find than its predecessor and, for the first time, spells out just what people should do in the event of emergency situations that may arise on campus.

"We felt this was one of the most important aspects of the website," says O'Keeffe. "We've provided what amounts to a reference guide for a variety of emergencies, something that is easily accessible and allows people to turn to in a time of need. It's not always easy to think straight during times of crisis, and this is the first time people on campus have had something to refer to if an incident takes place."

The website also highlights two new partnerships entered into by Security Services, with Crime Stoppers and, respectively. The Crime Stoppers initiative actually debuted in the spring and provides two-way communication concerning crimes and crime information that may affect the University and its community. It has proven to be very successful in enhancing the partnership the U of L has with the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and provides another layer of security on campus. is a green initiative that supports local carpooling, allowing students the opportunity to find carpool partners in their community.

"Many universities across the country have already partnered with and it is a positive program on many fronts," says O'Keeffe. "It promotes the idea of less cars on the road, which helps the environment, and also lessens the stress and the costs for those who have to commute to campus."