International recognition for U of R’s Pat Patton

By Everett Dorma Posted: July 7, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Pat Patton, U of R Director of Security and Operations, with members of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Eric Health (l) from the University of Chicago and Randy Burba (r) from Chapman University located in Orange, California.
Pat Patton, U of R Director of Security and Operations, with members of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Eric Health (l) from the University of Chicago and Randy Burba (r) from Chapman University located in Orange, California. Photo courtesy of Mike Ritter.

Pat Patton, the U of R’s head of security, has received the 2017 International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Award for Administrative Excellence. Patton received the award at the association’s 59th annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 24, 2017.

“Receiving this award is a huge honour as it is recognition from peers,” says Patton. “IACLEA has been a very important part of my career, so it makes this honour particularly special.”

The award is given to a member of a campus public safety, police, or security department for outstanding service in areas such as policy and planning, investigations and/or crime prevention. New and innovative ideas, cost savings, enhanced administrative techniques, and management ideas are some of the elements that are considered for award selection.

The association, which has 3,200 members representing approximately 1,175 colleges in 10 countries, advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services.

Patton, who has served the University in a variety of security and other operational roles for more than 20 years, has many accomplishments that make her deserving of this recognition including:

  • Under her leadership, the Campus Security Unit has transformed from a service provided by external contractors to an in-house team who provide round-the-clock security.
  • She has been instrumental in the creation of a (term) personal safety coordinator position within Campus Security in support of the University’s sexual assault and violence policy.
  • She has led the development of all Campus Security policies at the University of Regina since 1996.
  • She has been the incident commander for most major incidents on campus including fires and floods, as well as visits from dignitaries including the Queen of England and current and former Prime Ministers.
  • Her responsibilities have included a role in the development of the security plans for major events hosted on our campus such as the North American Indigenous Games (2014) the Canada Summer Games (2005) as well as the upcoming Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018) - the largest academic gathering in Canada with an estimated attendance of more than 7,000 people.
  • She is one of the key members of the Man Up Against Violence™ Advisory Board serving as the Vice Chair - Operations. Man Up Against Violence™, an initiative started at the U of R, engages young men to challenge the damaging effects of hyper masculinity. It strives to stop violence before it starts by having participants acknowledge their role as bystanders; by speaking out against violence; by confronting the language and actions of those around us and by questioning their own attitudes and behaviours.

Patton has been the recipient of other recent honours including being named the 2016 Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security Magazine and receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement by Mount Royal University.