A Message from the President on SafetyTo the Stockton Campus Community:
Last week Pacific students were victimized in two separate off-campus armed robberies, one on the bike path along the Calaveras River, and the other on the Miracle Mile. I share your deep concern about these crimes.
This morning I cleared my calendar to strategize how to enhance student, faculty and staff safety.
· I authorized the signing next week of an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Stockton Police Department. It strengthens and clarifies the police powers and off-campus patrol area of our Public Safety officers.
· I authorized an immediate digital upgrade of our current analog dispatch radio communication system, which will allow us to communicate seamlessly with the Stockton Police Department.
· I also tasked members of my team to make recommendations by January for other specific actions to enhance the safety of students, faculty and staff. One option being strongly considered is expanding our STRIPES safe rides program.
Clearly the best way to deal with crime is prevention. Public Safety Chief Mike Belcher told me this morning that increased watchfulness and reporting by members of the University community have led to several arrests recently, and have helped lower overall campus crime this year. If you see any suspicious person or activity on or near our campus, do not think twice: report it.
I want to be sure you know how to get help when you need it, whether on- or off-campus:
On campus, if you are the victim of a crime, or a witness to a crime or suspicious activity, call Public Safety at 209-946-3911. Put this number in your cell phone.
If you are confronted with a dangerous situation off-campus, call 911 to reach the Stockton Police. Our Public Safety officers may also respond if it is near the campus, since we monitor Stockton Police Dispatch. Please also report off-campus incidents to University Public Safety as soon as you can. We may be able to provide further assistance to you, and it helps us monitor crime patterns around the community.
The safety of the Pacific community is my highest priority. I understand that right now many people feel unsafe and apprehensive. My team and I are working hard to implement short-term and long-term measures to help protect you, and I will keep you informed of our progress.
Pamela A. Eibeck