By Dondre Lemon
Safety in school, home and work environments is an important key to many people in their day to day life. LIU Post has said goodbye to last director Paul Rapess and replaced him with Michael Fevola, a retired police lieutenant from the NYPD.
Fevola has served the NYPD for twenty years and retired in 2006. Fevola is not a new face on campus; he previously worked as the director of Audio Visual for LIU’s Information Technology department from August 2006 until his recent promotion to head of public safety.
Fevola plans to ensure the standards of campus safety for students. “We are always looking for [new] ways and ideas to make the campus even safer,” Fevola said.
The Public Safety team consists of 22 full-time officers stationed all over campus. Students noticed the increase in public safety activity on campus.
“I [noticed] they have been getting stricter with parking and on campus driving regulations,” Karina Cuba, senior arts major, said. Having more officers posted on campus allows for quicker response time if any incidents were to occur on campus.
As the Director of public safety, Fevola has many responsibilities. “The overall safety and well being of the entire campus community, day in and day out, is my paramount concern,” Fevola said.
The Public Safety Office, located on the east side of campus past the residence halls, is open 24/7 throughout school the year. “Someone is always in the office to help or just to listen to students concerns,” Fevola said. “If I am here and not in a meeting, I will make myself personally available to students who may have serious concerns or issues,” he continued. To reach the public safety office call 516-299-2222.