Staff Spotlight: Katie Williams
by Iladro Sauls on Friday, October 11th, 2013
Working on the Milton staff since Graduation Day of 1999, Katie Williams enters her fifteenth year serving our community as a Campus Safety Officer.
Katie has always shown a particular interest and devotion to the criminal justice system. “My dad [Officer Mark Williams, another Campus Safety officer] has been an auxiliary police officer for the town of Milton since before I was born,” Katie says. “I can remember him getting dressed in his uniform and I can remember being in awe of him.”
Throughout her childhood, Katie hoped to follow her father’s footsteps by working to “catch the bad guys.” Today, both Katie and her father work for Milton’s Campus Safety department as well as the town of Milton’s auxiliary police department. “In [the town of] Milton,” Katie explains, “My dad is my supervisor, and here [at Milton Academy], I am his.”
During high school, Katie found her niche in criminal studies as Vice President of the school’s Honors Society. Katie began her advanced education in 1996 as a theatre major with a minor in television communication, but she soon switched to the Massasoit Community College. Katie found the teaching style at this college more effective, as her professors possessed first-hand knowledge, teaching classes pertaining to the specialized field that they had worked in.
While working at Circuit City Express, Katie trained in the Police Academy in preparation to become an auxiliary officer. After a high school friend working for Milton Academy’s Campus Safety department suggested the job to her, Katie began her career at Milton Academy following her graduation from the Police Academy.
When asked about the average day of a Campus Safety officer, Katie says, “Around here there is no average.” Her shift usually begins at the end of classes, when she checks a list of the day’s events. Katie guides traffic for afternoon school events such as college fairs and dances, enforcing the 15mph speed limit on Chapel Hill which, she feels, is forgotten all too often by students and faculty alike. Though she is scheduled to leave around 11 at night, she sometimes covers for overnight officers if they aren’t feeling well.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, Katie teaches R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense), a self-defense program for female students that fulfills P.E. credit. She feels that she has connected with students through teaching this course. Katie explains that, by befriending the girls who take the course, she also gets to know their male friends who are interested in the program. Katie hopes that the athletic department will consider letting her teach a course similar to R.A.D. for male students, geared specifically towards the responsibility of men to promote the safety of women.
Katie says the most common calls Campus Safety receives are, ‘I left my bag in a locked building,’ or ‘I need a ride to the health center.’ However, once in a while, Katie and her colleagues receive a request that certainly is not in their job descriptions, causing her to request, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask us to go pick up your dirty clothing. We’re just going to be like ‘umm…no’.”
Katie hopes that students view her and Campus Safety as a helping hand to the entire Milton community. She feels that, for example, by assigning a personable, ACC-specific Campus Safety officer, Campus Safety is more effectively able to communicate with athletes at Milton. “We’re trying to branch out with the types of people that we hire…so that we are all here to meet with [students] and help them to make their high school years what they should be.”
Campus Safety is also trained on how to handle delicate situations like those involving sanctuary. Katie says, “There is a reason why we have five EMTs on the Campus Safety team… We’re just the good guys, and we’re really not out to get you. It’s all about the students’ safety, primarily.” Katie and the rest of Campus Safety are willing to help anyone in the Milton community who needs assistance. “This is how people get to know us. This is how we get to know people. As my boss says, you open the door and we’ll take the step in.”
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