Keeping the lab informed about off-site security issues
By Pete Spizzirri, Protection Programs Manager, Facilities Management and Services
Two potential security issues arose in the fall of 2016. One involved a missing person and a search conducted by the DuPage County Sherriff’s Office. The second involved a case of battery in Waterfall Glen. At the time of these events, Argonne sent out lab-wide notifications and updates to employees.
To follow up on these incidents, the missing man was found deceased according to information posted on Facebook by his family. The individual wanted in the unrelated battery case is still at large.
I’d like to take this opportunity to explain how information flows from local law enforcement agencies to Argonne.
At times, local law enforcement agencies may contact Argonne to inform us of nearby, off-campus activity. Argonne Security assesses whether there could be potential safety concern for our site occupants, taking into consideration areas that staff are known to visit frequently, such as the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. If there is a potential concern for the laboratory community, Argonne issues a communication to site occupants with relevant information.
The outcome of law enforcement investigations may never be transmitted to Argonne, so a follow-up communication or “all clear” to laboratory personnel may not be possible.
We often think of Argonne as a completely safe community — one where we all know one another, so it feels secure. It’s part of the charm of our work culture. However, unfortunate things do happen in the world, so trust your instincts and take common-sense precautions to keep yourself safe both on and off campus. Argonne’s top priorities are your health, safety and well-being.
Information about local happenings is generally available through public news sources.