‘Z’ LOCKERS FOR CAMPUS POLICE
Storing long guns and duty bags in limited space
A large state university’s police facility was so cramped and out of date that leadership actually added renovations and deferred maintenance to the department’s strategic plan. The improvements were needed to ensure that officers could continue to provide a high level of service to the campus community.
When the time came to start planning renovations, the patrol briefing area was the department’s top priority. With no place to securely store long guns, officers had to transport them to and from work in their personal vehicles. Aside from being a hassle, this arrangement presented obvious security issues. In addition, the department had open shelving for officers to store duty bags during their off hours, but the cubbies were unsecured and gear could get “borrowed” or lost.
Officers needed a way to store their duty bags and their long guns in their cases. They each wanted one lock and one door that would provide access to both items at once, but the briefing area had limited space.
Their local Spacesaver consultant worked with Spacesaver’s engineers to design “Z” lockers that met all the requirements. The width of the lockers was only 18” for two users, which allowed 30 units with 60 total compartments to fit in the room. Each officer’s long gun and duty bag are secured near the patrol briefing area and both items are stored in a single locker with one lock.
Spacesaver offers a variety of lock options, and the officers opted for lock hasps. The hasps were initially intended to be placed at waist height, but the internal locking mechanism would have collided with the gun cases. Officers decided that being able to store the guns in the cases was worth the minor inconvenience of some officers needing to bend down to access the locks. Bases elevate the lockers off the floor.
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