Message from the President on New Safety Measures for the Stockton Campus
To the Stockton Campus Community:
More than 300 people came to Monday's Campus Safety Town Hall Meeting to share their questions, concerns and suggestions for making our campus a safer place. I am proud to say the majority were students, and they contributed some of the most insightful points of the discussion.
I heard the many important points you made at the meeting. They will certainly inform our decision-making as we continue to work on our safety plan. On February 1 at 7 p.m., Public Safety Chief Mike Belcher and I will continue the safety discussion on KPAC. KPAC can be found at 91.9 FM and streaming at kpac.pacific.edu.
On Monday, we distributed a set of proposed security enhancements, and we asked those who attended the meeting to give us their feedback. We will follow up with the campus community in the next several weeks to report how we will proceed in our consideration and further planning for these major initiatives.
In the meantime, I am glad to inform you that, as a result of the direct feedback we received at the town hall meeting, I have acted to fund two major security improvements:
1. By March 1 we will double the number of S.T.R.I.P.E. cadet patrol officers and increase the number of 4-person electric carts. We will also purchase vehicles that will be able to access all areas of campus and cross Pacific Avenue.
Effective immediately, the S.T.R.I.P.E. program has extended hours. It is now available seven days a week from 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. To call for a S.T.R.I.P.E. escort, dial 209.598.2546. Take a moment to program this number into your cell phone. You can also flag down a S.T.R.I.P.E. unit if you see one on campus.
2. As of last night, two additional security officers will patrol areas around the levee and inside the Townhouse gates to address security concerns in these areas at night.
Even though last semester's crimes have left us all a little apprehensive, it is important to remember that we have a safe campus. Chief Belcher asked me to share a presentation with you that highlights our on-campus crime statistics over time and compares them to the City of Stockton. You can see that our rates of crime on campus are low, and are falling in several categories: http://www.pacific.edu/Documents/student-life/publicsafety/Townhall_Mike_Belcher.pdf.
The University leadership is thinking big about how to enhance safety, but we all need to remember that safety is a community responsibility. Over the last few months, Pacific students, faculty and staff have actually helped solve crimes by being observant and reporting suspicious behavior. We should all be doing this. Take a moment to put Public Safety's emergency number in your cell phone: 209.946.3911. If you see anything that seems strange, call this number and report it. You may help prevent a crime.
Thank you for helping to build an alert and prepared community, and thank you for participating in our campus-wide conversation about safety. Together we will make University of the Pacific a safer place to live, work and learn.