A grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) is helping to improve security at Divine Word College.
The $7500 grant, approved earlier this year, has supported the purchase of a series of surveillance cameras that constantly scan the college’s primary buildings.
The network, which was installed in late summer, cost just less than $20, 000.
“This is a top-of-the-line surveillance-camera network that will allow the students, faculty, staff and SVDs the opportunity to feel safe in their own buildings,” said Brad Florence, director of information technology at Divine Word. “The network allows us to monitor and record areas in real time, and is operating 24/7.”
The Dubuque Racing Association Ltd. (DRA) has been a vital part of the Dubuque community since its inception in 1985. The DRA holds the license for both the greyhound-racing and casino-gaming operations of Mystique, and is the co-licensee for the Diamond Jo Casino. The DRA distributes 100 percent of winnings after expenses; with 50 percent going to area charities, such as through the annual DRA grants, and 50 percent going to the City of Dubuque.