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Q&A: McDaniel College’s Safety Director to Accept Governor’s Crime Prevention Award in Annapolis

The Baltimore Sun

November 26, 2019


McDaniel College will be recognized in the state capital Dec. 5 when the Department of Campus Safety for the first time receives the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award.

At the helm of the department is Director Eric Immler, who is no stranger to McDaniel. He became director of campus safety just over a year ago, and was previously deputy chief of the department. He returned to the college after working in campus safety at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills. Immler has also worked for Westminster Police Department, Manchester Police Department and Maryland Capitol Police, according to a college news release.

The Carroll County Times connected with Immler to find out what an award-winning department does to keep its students and staff safe.

Q: How long have you been the campus safety director and what are your responsibilities?

A: I have been the director of Campus Safety since October 2018 and had previously served as deputy chief in the department before leading the campus safety department at Garrison Forest [School]. So, this position brought me back to McDaniel where I get to work with my colleagues both in Campus Safety and other departments at McDaniel. As the director of Campus Safety, I provide leadership and support to McDaniel’s Department of Campus Safety. I am responsible for maintaining a high-functioning team that is trained in their job expectations and integrated into the broader campus community. My role analyzes and determines community safety needs and develops programs and systems to respond to those needs. I also coordinate the emergency preparedness and response procedures for the college community, as well as monitor state and federal laws related to campus security and law enforcement. In addition, I participate in on-campus, local, regional, and national professional development activities related to campus safety and protection.