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Keane Toney Named Director of Campus Safety and Security at Mount Union College

August 22, 2007

Mount Union College has named Keane Toney director of campus safety and security.

According to John Frazier, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, 'Keane has demonstrated great dedication and diligence as well as outstanding professional competence in his role as security supervisor. 'We are pleased that he has agreed to serve the College in an expanded leadership role.'

Toney's appointment represents a change in reporting structure that will place him under the direction of Frazier in the Office of Student Affairs.

Toney, who has served the college as campus security supervisor since 2004, stresses the importance of the involvement of many individuals and organizations in making security a priority.

'The safety of our students is a team effort,' said Toney. 'Our safety team consists of many members working together to create a safe learning environment.'

Toney also pointed out that the majority of the interaction between campus security and the students is in a non-enforcement capacity. 'This assists in the development of trust and positive relationships between campus security and the student body,' he said.

In addition, an improved relationship between many agencies has also helped campus security keep the campus community safe. 'The Alliance Police and Fire Departments, the Stark County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Secret Service, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Canton Police Department have contributed to our safety efforts,' said Toney. 'Representatives of all of these agencies have responded to the needs of our campus. The Alliance Police Department has assisted us in preparation for critical incidents similar to those that have occurred at other colleges and universities. The Alliance Fire Department has assisted in the preparation of fire prevention and fire safety training.'

The relationship that exists between Mount Union and the Alliance Police Department is a strong one, forged by understanding and mutual respect. 'One goal that I had when I joined the Mount Union College family was to improve the working relationship between local police and campus security,' said Toney. 'Police Chief Larry Dordea, Assistant Chief Greg Anderson and their officers have been receptive and cooperative. We are working together to ensure that the Mount Union campus is a safe learning environment.'

Before joining the staff at Mount Union, Toney served as a deputy with the Geauga County Sheriff's Department for 12 years and spent 15 years with the Canton Police Department during which time he was promoted to sergeant and worked in the Patrol Division, the Detective Bureau and the Criminal Intelligence/Vice Unit. He is a certified instructor with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and has been employed as a trainer at Traynor's Police Academy, where he was also school commander.

Toney has an associate's degree in police science from the University of Akron and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Charter Oak State College. He earned a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Andrew Jackson University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the August Vollmer Criminal Justice Award from that institution.

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