To continue our series about the departments of the museum, today we are talking to Joyce Cummins of the security department.
Name: Joyce Cummins
Job title: Director Security/Facilities/Special Events Coordinator
Educational background: Bachelor of Liberal Studies, OU, 2005
Describe what your typical day looks like. Arrive at 7:00 a.m. and turn off alarm. Walk through museum, checking artwork and unlocking specific areas, depending on the event scheduled for the day (it could be setting up for a lunch in the Sandy Bell Gallery or the A\V for a symposium in the auditorium). If Facilities Management needs to work on something in the museum, I escort them to the location and may or may not have to stay with them, depending on the location they are working in. At 7:30 a.m., one of the assistant security supervisors arrives. After turning on all CCTV monitors, they will check all mechanic rooms and turn on gallery lights. They will report back to me if I need to call in a specific problem to work control. We brief security before they go on the floor so they are aware of times of tours or other events that security need to be aware of.
About how many security guards are on duty on a daily basis? We usually have eight security and two security assistants.
What kinds of things do security guards have to look out for in order to keep the artwork safe? They make sure visitors keep a safe distance from the art.
What is your favorite part of your job? Interacting with the visitors and the special events we hold at the museum. We have a lot of dignitaries that come to the special events that are held at the museum. It is very interesting to listen to the world leaders or CIA directors that President Boren has brought in.