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The year is 1997, now click on the day in the timeline below.


The year is 1997, now click on the day in the timeline below.


The day is Wednesday, August 20 in the year 1997.

Board accepts around-the-clock Public Safety Department proposal (August 20, 1997): After hearing a presentation from the director of public safety and facilities planning, Ray Rieck, the Board agreed that hiring a 24-hour, 7-day a week police force was appropriate considering Lake Land was one of the few schools in the state still relying on a part-time, private security force; the college’s continued enrollment growth was also cited as a major reason for the change. The College’s first hires were Randy Ervin and Russell Moore (November 1), officers with a combined 33 years of law enforcement experience. A $300,000 COPS grant, received in 1998, which funded three more full-time public safety officers: Travis Easton, John Hampton, and Chad Smith.


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