Captain Francis J. Hacken is officially the new Head of Security at King’s. With twenty-eight years of experience in the Pennsylvania State Police, Hacken plans on bringing new ideas to the campus to make it safer.

Hacken wants to implement technology and education for the security guards and campus, involvement in national organizations for preemptive security measures, and rapport-building with facilities, IITS, and Residence Life to better suit campus needs.

With a Master’s Degree from Marywood University in Public Administration/Criminal Justice, Hacken is excited to take over the role of Head of Security for the College. While he admitted that being a part of the State Police was one of the “best jobs,” he knew that he wanted to continue serving the community in retirement.

Hacken wanted to work at a college that emulated the same kind of qualities that he encountered as a trooper: dedication to service and professionalism, sense of community, and an energy level that made him feel young again. After walking the campus and talking to some of the students, Hacken found King’s to be the best fit.

He laughingly admitted that the choice made his mother quite happy when he told her that King’s was a Roman Catholic school. He also noted that the brotherhood on campus reminded him of the close-knit relationship he had with the Jesuit priests in his undergraduate days at the University of Scranton.

Hacken wants to modernize the Campus Security Office to better suit the changes in society.

“I want to take a great staff and make it even better,” he said. By getting the security team better technology and more education, Hacken feels that the long-term goal of prevention is attainable. He wants to set up a service through the Security Office that allows students to register their technological valuables so that thieving on campus will lessen. He wants the students to begin policing themselves.

With the focus turning on deterrence and prevention, Hacken understands the best way to get to that future is by analyzing past problems. Taking out the comfort zones and low-risk areas on campus with heightened student awareness will help make the campus even safer. An “omni-sense of security” will help students and faculty make productive behavioral choices.

Hacken also plans on making King’s College a part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a part of FEMA that sets protection plans in place in case of disasters.

“The biggest threat is the river,” Hacken said. Being a part of NIMS would ensure that King’s is under the same standards as the Wilkes-Barre Police and will create a sense of structure throughout the community.

Ideally, he would like the College to be part of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement). It will improve security on campus by setting the same standards set for the State Police. While it may end up taking two years, Hacken considers both accreditations to be fundamental.

From his years of working homicide, Hacken knows that nothing can be done alone. He has had plenty of experience creating teams for major cases and will bring that knowledge to campus.

By working with facilities, IITS, and Residence Life, he understands the unified aspect will bring a stronger security team.

Listening to the students, faculty, and security officers, King’s will undergo a new way of looking at security. Hacken understands that respect works both ways and wants to try to build a better relationship throughout the campus.

Although Hacken loves the idea of being Head of Security, he hopes to eventually teach a Criminal Justice class.

Ashley Panko