National recognition for U of R head of campus security

By Dale Johnson Posted: October 21, 2016 11:30 a.m.

Pat Patton (centre) with Cam Runge, security patrolperson (left), and Scott Crawley, manager of campus security operations.
Pat Patton (centre) with Cam Runge, security patrolperson (left), and Scott Crawley, manager of campus security operations. Photo: U of R Photography

Pat Patton, the director of security and operations at the University of Regina, has been honoured for her outstanding work.

Patton has been named security director of the year in Canada by Canadian Security magazine. As well, she has been honoured by her alma mater – Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Canadian Security magazine bills itself as “the publication for professional security management” and features Patton on the cover, saying she “champions a program that rethinks violence prevention on campus.”

The magazine says “Patricia Patton is named as 2016 Security Director of the Year for her accomplished security career and instrumental role in making a game-changing sexual violence awareness program a success.”

That program is the Man Up Against Violence program that was started three years ago with Roz Kelsey, an instructor in Kinesiology with continued development in partnership with Patton. The program challenges mindsets and behaviours of masculinity that often leads to violence. Through education, training, partnerships and awareness, the Man Up Against Violence initiative strives to embrace positive ideals of masculinity.

Canadian Security magazine says Patton was selected for the national honour “for a variety of reasons: Her role in championing the Man Up Against Violence program as well as a long list of other accomplishments in security in a career that has spanned 30 years.”

Patton has been with the U of R for 20 years, and before that she was with the University of Saskatchewan for 10 years.

She grew up in Regina – a ten-minute walk from the U of R – and went to Calgary and earned a diploma in justice administration in 1985 at Mount Royal College – now Mount Royal University.
Patton has received the outstanding alumni award for professional achievement from Mount Royal, which says “Patton can only be described as a trailblazer. During a career that spans more than three decades, she has broken gender barriers, been an agent of change in her field and taken every opportunity to seek and apply new learning.”

During her career at the U of R – where she oversees almost 100 employees – she has provided leadership during fires and floods; implemented security plans for major events; met with local law enforcement agencies; and launched security policies across the campus. She is serving as the Canadian Regional representative for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Board of Directors.