Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers
May 27, 2014
Ohio University Police Chief Andrew D. Powers sent the following message to the Athens staff on Tuesday, May 27, updating them about a change in alarm service.
I am writing to inform you of an important change to alarm service on campus. Last year, the Ohio University Police Department worked with various stakeholders at OHIO to revise University Policy 44.114, Alarm Installation, to better serve our community’s needs. The revised policy went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. As of that date, all security and environmental alarms are now serviced and monitored by EPS, a vendor chosen through a competitive bid process. Since October, OUPD has been assisting departments on campus to transition their existing alarms to EPS.
We are now at the point where we believe we have transitioned all existing security and environmental alarms to EPS. I am emailing you today to make sure there are no remaining systems, about which we don’t know, that will soon be rendered useless. If you believe that your department or office has a security or environmental alarm system that has not been transitioned to EPS, please contact OUPD Lt. Tim Ryan as soon as possible. If you have an alarm system, and you have not completed paperwork bearing the EPS logo, then your system may be at risk of becoming non-functional. The infrastructure for receiving alarms at OUPD will be discontinued on June 30, and any alarm systems not transitioned to EPS by that date will no longer be monitored.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lt. Ryan for assistance.
Andrew D. Powers
Chief of Police