Ben Ocol and Elias Euginio are among security officers working to protect Honolulu Community College.
By Howard Kam
Ka Lā staff writer
Every day, crisp blue shirted security officers patrol the campus. They navigate the walkways and surrounding perimeter with precision. Honolulu Community College campus security is the caretakers of the campus safety. They spend the majority of their day on patrol in their electric carts. They ensure that the students, faculty, and guests of the campus are focusing on what the college does best: learning.
Tasked with safety, they offer to escort students and faculty back to their cars when security is an issue. In fact, Honolulu Community College is one of the safest schools on campus compared to other community colleges. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Campus Safety & Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool of the Office of Post Secondary Education, Honolulu Community College has zero incidents of violent crime from 2007 – 2009. Only six disciplinary action incidents because of alcohol on campus were reported in 2009.
Security also takes the time to interact with students on campus by talking to them and letting the students know that they are are are sare avaiable.
John Asi, one of the newest security officers said “I wish the students would speak up more.” Asi is seen smiling and enjoying the time he spends on campus.
In their spare time both John Asi, and Ben Ocol, head of security, enjoy everyday activities that you and I enjoy. “Spending time with friends and family is just as important.” Asi said. They don’t like to show off, but John and Ben also enjoy working out.
Derek Choi, a student at Honolulu Community College says “Seeing them on campus, seeing them as an authority figure, makes the campus safer.”
As the security team makes their rounds on solar powered assisted electric carts, students sometimes ask “What is the difference between the brown and blue shirt security officers?” The answer is that those dressed in blue shirts are the main campus security, and the brown shirts are the parking enforcement for the school. During the school year, security is there from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.