Improvements to the Mohawk Valley Community College public safety department were unveiled Friday.

With the help of $250,000 in state funding, college officials said they were able to rebuild the facility, adding an expanded dispatch room, office space, and new flooring, walls, improved lighting and locker rooms.

“One of the most important amenities any educational institution should offer is a secure campus students feel comfortable at," said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, who secured the funding. "Through this grant, MVCC will provide public safety services in a facility designed for operating efficiency with improved accessibility for the public that will serve the college and the community for many years to come. This strong commitment to public safety will ensure that MVCC continues to grow and add to the quality of life here in the Mohawk Valley.”

MVCC President Dr. Randall VanWagoner said the mission of MVCC’s Department of Public Safety is to serve and protect the students, staff and faculty of the college.

"(The improvements will) make a much more welcoming atmosphere," and that if one reflects on all the activity at the college, "you can't have any of that happen if you don't feel safe."

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