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Experienced police captain leads security

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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By Aaron Askew

From a former Army background, Larry Fields joins Oklahoma Christian University as the new Head of security.

Fields attended Claremore Military Academy and later earned his Bachelors Degree at the University of Central Oklahoma (then known as Central State).

He served in the active army as 2nd Lieutenant and did an overseas tour with the Army Security Agency. In 1974, he became a part of the Bethany Police Department and retired from there as Police Captain.

He then had a variety of jobs from working security at Bethany General Hospital to serving as a patrol officer for Oklahoma Christian, and working for the state as a criminal investigator at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The previous head of security, Fred McGinn, served Oklahoma Christian for nine years before he decided to retire in order to spend time with his family.

At this time, Fields was then offered the chance to come back to Oklahoma Christian as head of security.

Fields said he feels very lucky to have been given this opportunity.

"Fred McGinn put in nine long years and did an outstanding job and I feel very fortunate to have been selected to replace him," Fields said.

Fields said he hopes to change the look of security at Oklahoma Christian.

"I want our security to be proactive rather than reactive. We are not here to punish, chastise or argue with students. This is an outstanding university and we want to offer every available protection we can to keep it that way," Fields said.

Fields also said the great faculty, staff and students make him want to work even harder to keep the campus safe.

"The students are my number one priority and we are here to serve them," Fields said.

Sophomore Lynn Ashby said she does feel safe on campus but does get frustrated at security sometimes.

"They never unlock the music building on Saturday mornings like they are supposed to and there have been times when myself and others have had to wait outside for like an hour waiting for them to get there to let us in," Ashby said.

Fields said it can be frustrating that security sometimes gets portrayed in a negative way.

"Unfortunately we aren't always seen as the good guy," Fields said.

He asks everyone to just remain kind, courteous and obey the laws that have been set for the state of Oklahoma and for the university.

Fields encourages everyone who drives on campus to slow down and take heed of their own responsibility. Fields also wants to encourage everyone on campus to be aware of the lost and found.

"Security makes a very concentrated effort to get any property turned in to them to its rightful owner. We want to return lost items to people as soon as possible. However after a significant amount of time the items are donated," Fields said.

Fields wants to remind everyone on campus that security is available for contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week and to never hesitate to inform them of any kind of safety hazard. Security can be reached at 425-5500.

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