William DuMont, a people person in dispatch role
This week’s Spotlight shines on William “Will” DuMont, whose voice is familiar to many who have called University Police. He’s a campus public safety officer working as a dispatcher at UP headquarters in Pathfinder Hall.
Q. What is your hometown?
A. Hannibal. I moved there from Fulton as a ninth-grader. I got into a good group of kids, and in my sophomore year I started playing varsity football—I was a wide receiver, quarterback, punter and a safety. (Laughs.) I also played basketball and varsity track for three years.
Q. What about the rest of your education?
A. I’ve got a two-year degree in liberal arts and two semesters here in childhood education. I first went to Cayuga Community College. I always had three things I wanted to do in life, be a teacher, a firefighter or a police officer. My girlfriend wanted to be a teacher, as well. It kind of made it an easy decision to stay close to home and be at SUNY Oswego.
Q. When did you start as a campus public safety officer?
A. In 2008, so it’s going on four years. My fiancee was ahead of me a year in childhood education. It was getting hard to both go to school and pay all the bills, so she stayed in school and I went to work out in the field. I worked at SUNY Upstate for two to two and a half years through a contract security company.
Q. What does your position do?
A. CPSO duties vary by campus. At Oswego, we are more like dispatchers in an emergency 911 role. We do a lot of alarm monitoring, and we field all the campus 911 calls. We have access control panels we monitor. We have three radios we listen to—our own radio, maintenance and the campus radio for 911. Jamie Enwright, who works here, was one of the first CPSOs in the state.
Q. Do you want to become a University Police officer?
A. I’ve been looking into taking the test. They designed it (the CPSO position) as an entry level to University Police, where you could come in and do the steppingstone: learn the workings of the department, learn the law a bit and hopefully take the test some day. But a lot of people choose it as a career.
Q. What would you like to be doing in five years?
A. I’ll be married by then. That’s coming this year, June 30. We’ve been together 13 years, since I was a freshman in high school, so it’s time. I’d like to stay here and hopefully be promoted to the road at some point. My fiancee, Michelle, has a bachelor’s in childhood education and a master’s in literacy. If she were to get a career, then I would be content (as a CPSO), because I really like what I do.
Q. Do you like working with SUNY Oswego students?
A. I actually do enjoy it. I’m a people person—I don’t ever stop talking. It’s a joke in the department—we compete for time. (Laughs) We have a diverse campus. I enjoy when the parents come in with the students and get parking passes or maps, and I just enjoy hearing about their backgrounds, where they come from. I have always lived in Oswego County and I went to a school with a graduating class of 118 kids, so I really enjoy that aspect.
Q. What would you advise all students, from an enforcement standpoint?
A. My biggest thing with the students, before you get into trouble-related things, is respect yourself. And “think before you act” is always the second biggest thing. When you’re 18 there may seem to be minimal consequences, but when you’ve graduated and you’re 26 and you’re trying to get out in the field, that could always come back to haunt you.
Q. How do you like working with your University Police colleagues?
A. I enjoy it. We have a lot of different personalities and backgrounds. I think I’ve worked with nearly every officer in the department, and they all have their niche of things they do really well. It really helps us as far as relating to situations. I’m always asking officers about different laws, and it makes it easier for me because I have an interest.
Q. What do you do in your off hours?
A. I coach basketball. I’ve been doing that now for about six years in Hannibal. Two years ago, I created my own travel program, the Ontario Storm AAU team, and this will be my third season. I play recreational softball, fast pitch and slow pitch. I’ve been all over the East Coast playing softball. I’ve got two dogs. They’re Rottweilers, sisters—polar opposites, though.
(Posted: Feb 10, 2012)