The Idaho Transportation Department has taken measures
especially since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
to ensure the safety/security of its employees and to protect
Closed-circuit television allows a security officer stationed
in the lobby of the main building at Headquarters a constant
view of 24 locations within the building. All persons entering
the building or walking its halls are visible on the officers
And the introduction of employee ID/entrance badges at the
Headquarters campus last year ensures that only authorized
personnel have access to secure locations within the buildings.
Five officers from Allied Security (which is part of the
Capitol Mall security team) are assigned to ITDs Headquarters,
ensuring 24-hour security, seven days a week.
Even with those added safeguards, however, much of the responsibility
to maintain a safe and secure workplace begins with employees,
suggests Derk Leavitt, the daytime security officer whose
responsibilities also include providing general information
to individuals who enter the lobby.
His best advice for ITD employees is to watch for and report
any instances that appear unusual or suspicious, something
that looks like it doesnt belong. A security officer
can always be reached by calling 334-8880 or extension 8880.
While vigilance is important during the winter when employees
often arrive and leave in darkness, it also is very important
in the summer when ITDs campus attracts more visitors.
Youths tend to congregate in parking lots and open areas behind
the Headquarters buildings.
Here are specific ways employees can contribute to their
own safety and that of others, both at Headquarters, district
offices and remote ITD locations.
At Headquarters, employees should carry
their ID/entry badges at all times
Those badges should be visible to others
who work at ITD
Never leave badges in your vehicle, whether
it is locked or not
Never leave badges on your desk, purse or
Do not let strangers enter secured areas
of the building with you, unless their badge is visible
Report all suspicious activities
occurring both within buildings and in parking lots
to ITD security
Report all threats to safety, security or
property to ITD Security
Dont hesitate to ask a security officer
to escort you to your vehicle if you leave when it is dark
Use the "buddy system"
walk with another person to your car or parking lot
Remember to remove your keys and turn the
headlights off before leaving your car
Do not leave your vehicle unlocked
Do not leave valuables in plain view, whether
in your car or at your work station
Keep the emergency notification/bomb threat
reporting card near your telephone and be prepared to follow
its instructions in the event of a telephone threat
Know the emergency evacuation procedure
for your work area and where to meet outside if evacuation
Know where fire extinguishers are located
Know where first aid kits are located
Constantly be aware of your surroundings
Continue to work in freedom and confidence,
recognizing that your safety and security is the departments