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    Appreciation

    Dear Christine Sampson,

    In response to your article “Hofstra Alumni Disappointed by SB Police” I find myself sitting here in the University Medical Center Emergency Room absolutely appalled. Granted everyone has their own opinion but to bash the very people who guard the walkways you step on is utter blasphemy! Shame on you! Unfortunately I don’t know why they locked your car in the parking garage and I personally apologize for the inconvenience. Apparently it’s caused you so much grief that you felt the need to speak up to the student body and bad mouth the University Police and the Security Service Assistants, which I happily belong to.

    By some standards my job directing traffic in the E.R would drive anyone cuckoo. But not me, no ma’am, I live for such excitement, I dream of moments like these. Why shouldn’t I? I’m doing my duty for society; I’m holding down the fort. I like to think of myself as a knight protecting his beloved queen from intruders. Balderdash? Poppycock you say? Nonsense my two-legged friend, if you see us patrolling your dorms, roaming around the quads, and yes, even defending the E.R like me, don’t laugh, mock or moan. Because if you look extra close at that odd-looking hospital on the East Campus and that extravagant metropolis we all know as West Campus, I can personally guarantee that you’ll see more then just strange architecture. Look real close and you’ll see a network of hardworking, dedicated University Police and Public Safety Officers risking their own health for the safety of others.

    You said in your article and I quote; ” I was able to walk into several buildings (At SB), no swipe card required?at Hofstra I needed to swipe my ID to access almost every building on campus.” Well now hold the phone! I apologize for thinking trustworthy people still exist. We here at SB like the old-fashion welcoming touch of a caring community. Apparently Hofstra has some major security issues that need to be addressed and I’d advise you to take it up with them promptly. You call us fragmented Miss Sampson; I call us a team that works together through thick and thin. Yes that’s right, we do more then just shine our lights, shake our keys and rattle windows. We assist with helicopter landings, detain criminal activity, watch over the poor souls in the psychiatric unit, we look out for newborns so their parents can sleep peacefully at night, we escort patients both living and deceased, we break up fights and help little old ladies cross streets. We protect the innocent from the ruthless, when the University sleeps we don’t, when Mother Nature rears her ugly head we look into its eyes and sneer the way only University Police and Public Safety officers can. When life at the University takes a turn for the worst we make a stand with our best. So when you see us running to secure the premises don’t fret because we have everything under control. If you see us roaming the halls just give us a nod, a thanks or a round of applause. And if you see me in the hallways Christine, I like my coffee light no sugar.

    Gabe Faraci University Police Security Division Officer #567

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