Basic safety and Safety of college students and workers has always been one particular of the focal points of Aiken County Community Colleges and will go on to be improved with the addition of the Director of Stability and Crisis Management, a recently made part for the 2022-23 school yr that will be filled by Vicky Gaskins.

Gaskins, a Silver Bluff Higher College alumna, is greatly invested in the neighborhood. She invested the very last 24 a long time of her vocation serving the people of Aiken County as a result of different roles in the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office environment, which includes deputy, university resource officer, juvenile investigator and lieutenant.

“My passion has normally been centered about supporting and defending young children and investing in their lives,” Gaskins said. “I have served the citizens of Aiken County in a job of advocation and security of young children for far more than 20 yrs, and feel that this newly established situation is just an extension of the support that I have liked in the course of my vocation at the sheriff’s business office.”

The require for the freshly created posture was eminent in accordance to ACPS Main Officer of Operations and University student Solutions Dr. Corey Murphy.

“We are particularly thrilled to have Ms. Gaskins joining our staff as the director of stability and crisis management,” Murphy claimed. “Several larger sized districts in the state have experienced a person serving in this capability for several years and we had a definite need to have for a far more deliberate concentration and know-how in the location of physical safety and security procedures.”

The Aiken County Board of Education accredited her appointment throughout the university board’s June 21 distinctive referred to as meeting.

As the director, Gaskins will be responsible for checking district-extensive protection functions, coordinating with local law enforcement and unexpected emergency management companies, aiding with faculty and district investigations, overseeing stability audits and top all ACPS personnel all through emergency predicaments.

“Having an skilled with the history that Ms. Gaskins has in both faculty functions and regulation enforcement will aid to be certain we are held abreast of any acquiring difficulties or tendencies in school safety, as very well as build a direct reporting connection involving law enforcement and the college district,” Murphy said.

Gaskins will also be a liaison for SROs and school safety observe plans and guarantee safety and security protocols are becoming followed all through general public situations, including athletics and other extracurricular actions.

“As an investigator and lieutenant in the juvenile division, I have been able to create collaborative relationships with district personnel,” Gaskins said. “I at the moment serve as the liaison concerning the district office environment and the sheriff’s office environment speaking about issues involving SROs and the position they participate in in our universities, together with stability and unexpected emergency scenarios. I will continue remaining a liaison for the district, and look forward to doing the job with university administrators to generate the ideal training course of motion for all conditions.”

Gaskins reported her first objective is to evaluate ACPS emergency plans, establish any security concerns and get started to formulate a study course of motion to make improvements to or handle these concerns. Her responsibilities will commence mid-July.