From Gorilla Costumes To Stolen Statues, Former Campus Safety Officer Reflects On His Decade On The Job

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During his 10 years overseeing public safety at Cornerstone University, Richard Honholt did his best to follow one guiding principle – pursue the spirit rather than then letter of the law.

“I’ll be the first to tell you – we were open-minded,” said Honholt, who retired last month. “We understand we’re dealing with young adults."

Such an approach, Honholt said, helped him navigate both the mischief and legitimate public safety risks he found on the campus of the small, Christian liberal arts college.

“The most serious crime we’ve had is an item may have grown legs and walked away,” he said. “Drugs and alcohol – we’ve had very little of that.”

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