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Telecom assists police with home security video

2 camera operators record officer on back porch
Telecom students video record MPO John Parker as he conducts the home security survey.
Photos: Ray Price

It sounds like a role reversal, but Telecom students recently came to the aid of the Newport News Police Department.

The perpetrator in this case was a decade-old informational video about home security. It needed to be taken off the street and possibly put behind bars, and the only way to do that was to create a new video with updated information and images.

Police Public Information Officer Harold Eley contacted Telecom Supervisor Ray Price to see if the students would be up to this task. Price of course knew he had a few brave officers…er, students, that is, who would gladly respond to the call of duty.

The police department needed the video to show at the Neighborhood Watch Conference held April 5 at Point Plaza Suites in Newport News, and to use at other crime prevention events.

Telecom students Christopher Becerra and Grant Amspacher operate the video cameras.

The video is of a "home security survey," which is a "walk-through" of a home, during which a police officer points out the areas that could be susceptible to a break-in and demonstrates how to add better protection.

Master Police Officer John Parker of the Central Precinct, who was the host on the original video, reprised his role for the new video. He conducts home security surveys and presents this information at various functions all the time, so he was able to complete the video with no script and minimum preparation.

Price and two students went on the shoot, which included shots both inside and outside the home. The Telecom student videographers were TV Production I students (juniors) Grant Amspacher and Christopher Becerra.

The camera operators recorded MPO Parker speaking about and showing how to improve outdoor lighting, reinforce a door frame with a metal plate, and select the best type of lock, among other things.

According to Price, the shoot went smoothly and didn’t take much more than an hour. Amspacher did most of the editing to create the final product, which was around 15 minutes in length.

Though the students did not receive a medal for their heroic efforts assisting the police, they did get some great hands-on video production experience, plus a few tips on how to secure their homes.

Police home security survey video:

officer and cameraman
  TV crew records officer
Telecom student uses video camera