By Nolan Wironen | The Broadside (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spring term is coming with more changes than class schedules. Don Doughty, the current director of Campus Public Security at Central Oregon Community College is stepping down from his position to make room for the new director is only the start.
The new director will be Peter Ostrovsky, according to Doughty. “It’s certainly one of the big things going on within our department. I have been the director for ten months and Peter will be starting next term. We’re excited to have the director position filled considering I was only in the position temporarily.”
The position of director was only a temporary fix after the departure of the previous director.
The position can now be officially filled and Doughty can continue his service for the school, “I’m not stepping down, I was filling the spot on an interim basis. I have been with the college for four years, and about a year and a half ago I became one of the first supervising officers here in the department. When the former director left, I was asked to fill in.”
Doughty and the department were informed of the relocation of Ostrovsky from Bellingham, Wash. by Vice President for Administration Matt McCoy via formal email.
Ostrovsky received his Bachelors of Science in Education and Health & Fitness Management from the University of Miami and a Spectator Sports Management Certificate from the University of Southern Mississippi according to McCoy.
For the past 30 years, he has worked with Homeland Security Investigation in various special agent capacities. Ostrovsky also worked as an HSI representative at U.S. embassies to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland according to McCoy.
Alongside the news of a new director, Doughty and the department have created some new opportunities for students while working with Community Learning at COCC.
“We’ve recently partnered with Community Learning to do some classes for our campus community,” Doughty said. “Some of those classes are where we teach our Run-Hide-Fight, emergency preparedness, De-escalation tactics, and Safe 15 curriculum. We are pretty excited to have this opportunity.”
The Run-Hide-Fight training has been conducted around eight times and it will be taught in Redmond, Prineville and Madras according to Doughty. “ I had a session last week and it was the most attended training we’ve ever had. It’s an active violence response training. It is a very good program and we’re excited to present that at a larger scale.”
These classes have been provided by the department in the past and have been very successful to that degree. Starting this upcoming spring term, the classes will now be sponsored by COCC and advertised as a free class in the student catalog. Looking at the future of the department and the changes within CPS this upcoming spring term, Doughty explained that the department only wants what is best for servicing the campus. “Other than the normal calls of service, we’re getting prepped for the new director and the shifts in responsibility to best service the campus community.” ■