UF to spend around $30 million on new security measures

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- With major changes to infrastructure, campus life and technology planned at the University of Florida, a new $30 million plan will significantly enhance security on the open campus.

After approval was received from the UF Board of Trustees, the university is planning to invest in safety upgrades like license plate readers, new surveillance cameras, lighting and improved building access technology.

"When you have an open campus like we do here at UF, you want to be sure to secure that campus in the most economical and efficient way," said Vice President for Business Affairs Curtis Reynolds. "Bringing new technologies into our campus will allow our efficiencies of manpower and operations to increase."

The license plate readers will be placed at campus entry points, while around 1,700 new surveillance cameras will be added around campus.

In addition to the new security measures, the University of Florida Police Department will be hiring five new officers.

Reynolds said the expansion is necessary as the university continues to grow in size.