Pacific's Office of Public Safety in Stockton has made significant improvements in the past year to make the campus safer. New officers have been hired, patrol areas have been extended and officers are implementing the latest in crime fighting technology. As a result, crime has decreased in the past year.

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Improvements in Security and Safety at Pacific

More officers, more technology and more education have taken a real bite out of campus crime in the past year
Nov 30, 2012

Pacific's Office of Public Safety in Stockton has made significant improvements in the past year to make the campus safer. New officers have been hired, patrol areas have been extended and officers are implementing the latest in crime fighting technology. As a result, crime has decreased in the past year.

More changes are planned for the near future. And safety also is being improved on the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses.

"It's been a mix of program improvements and educating the campus about how to stay safe," said Mike Belcher, director of Public Safety. "While we have made many noticeable improvements on campus, from more officers to more cameras, what has really helped is that we also have 5,000 sets of eyes on the campus at all time, and they know to give us a call when they think something is out of place."

Among the changes to security at Pacific is the addition of three new officers on the Stockton campus. The number of full-time, armed officers has been increased to 13, and response time is less than two minutes to any location on campus.

There also have been recent LED lighting improvements installed throughout the Stockton campus by physical plant electricians, which have enhanced safety by lighting typically dark areas. 

This past year, the University added a new shuttle van that circles the Pacific campus from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. On Thursday through Saturday evenings, another shuttle takes students back and forth to local shopping centers and the Miracle Mile entertainment district.

Pacific also hired a security officer to patrol the Townhouse apartments and another officer to patrol the areas around Southwest Hall , the William Knox-Holt Library, the Conservatory, Morris Chapel and Grace Covell hall at night.

Each residence hall on campus is assigned its own public safety officer, to answer questions and be a resource for students and residence hall advisers. Whenever officers have the opportunity, they remind students of the basics of keeping safe, and to be sure to report anything suspicious. As a result, several crimes have been averted on campus when students or employees have reported suspicious activity to campus police.

The Pacific campus also has seen an increase in demands for services to escort students after dark from campus facilities such as the library to their residences or parking areas. The STRIPES cadet escort patrols provide golf cart shuttles from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and recently added more volunteers and carts to keep up with increased demand for the service.

"I will call STRIPES if I stay late at the library," said Cleo Li, a first-year pharmacy school graduate student. "I like having STRIPES as a public safety service for students."

"It's better to be safe than sorry," said Hasna Manghi, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major. " I've never felt any danger on campus before. Public safety does a very good job making you feel you're OK."

The University also updated its memorandum of understanding with the Stockton Police Department. The agreement expanded Public Safety's patrol area beyond the campus. Now, Pacific police can be seen in neighborhoods surrounding the campus, which allows them to stop criminals before they get on campus, or go after them after they have left. Such was the case last year when an employee had her car stolen as she arrived to work. Pacific police worked with other agencies and helped recover the employee's car and nab the bad guy.

Because of all these changes, Public Safety Officer Lt. Wayne Germann, said that there have been no recent forced robberies on campus - such as someone grabbing a student's cell phone or back pack - and that auto thefts and burglaries are down. Germann returned to the Stockton campus this summer to help the University improve its use of technology, assist in day-to-day operations and oversee new safety and security enhancements. 

More changes are on the way. A major improvement planned for implementation in Stockton in the coming year is the installation of 360-degree security cameras atop light posts that will focus in the area of an alarm or blue-light phone being activated and help dispatchers and officers more effectively respond to calls for service.

Safety also is being improved on the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses. The Sacramento campus recently made changes to their program where officers will walk students and employees to their cars in the evening. Details of this an other resources are available on McGeorge's Public Safety web page.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's campus in San Francisco is constantly working to make sure its faculty, staff, students and patients operate in a safe environment. Recent enhancements to the school's safety procedures include a new online training program for building floor wardens, to make sure these designated leaders are well prepared in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the school offers an online emergency procedure training for new employees and conducts an annual refresher training. Finally, three of the school's student organizations recently hosted Safety Week, a new, multi-day event that offered informational sessions about safety in the dental profession, legal protection and self-defense.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Stockton: 209.946.2537 

San Francisco: 415.929.6456

Sacramento: 916.739.7200

University Public Safety and Security Offices

Stockton http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Public-Safety-and-Services.html

San Francisco http://www.dental.pacific.edu/School_Security.html

Sacramento  http://www.mcgeorge.edu/Students/Services/Public_Safety.htm  

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