The goal of the Campus Safety Office is to ensure a safe and secure environment for students, staff, faculty and members of the community while at Fresno Pacific University. This is our mission statement, and we work hard every day to ensure that statement is a reality on our main and regional campuses.
For results, you don’t have to look any further than our annual security report, also known as the Clery Report. Staff, faculty, students and the public have access to this report by visiting our campus safety website (fresno.edu/visitors/campus-safety-and-emergency-preparedness/about-campus-safety) or requesting a hard copy at the Campus Safety Office on Butler Avenue. After reviewing the annual security report, you will notice there are zero occurrences in many statistical areas, which is why I continue to emphasize to our FPU community that we have safe campuses.
How do 11 full-time officers and the student assistants keep four campuses safe? Technology, educating the community of the importance of team work, partnerships with law enforcement and campus safety officers who are well equipped and prepared.
Technology—FPU’s surveillance program, including numerous cameras located throughout our campuses monitored by watchful dispatchers, play a significant role in safety. During the month of August, campus safety constructed a new communications center with multiple computer monitors and televisions that allow dispatchers to monitor all cameras at once, including our regional campuses. Additionally, with our new computer-aided dispatch software we can directly communicate with our regional campus guards throughout their shifts. This makes it easier to send resources to a regional campus in the event of an incident. Emergency call boxes and ShotSpotter technology have also significantly reduced response times by campus safety personnel and law enforcement agencies.
Education—During new employee and student orientations, you will hear me repeatedly state that campus safety is everyone’s responsibility. Educating our FPU community has paid dividends as we continue to see community members taking part in the safety of our campuses.
Partnerships—Our close relationship and partnership with law enforcement agencies, particularly the Fresno Police Department, has not only made our campuses safe, but also helped surrounding neighborhoods.
Our officers—“The greatest among you must be a servant” (Matthew 23:11). Campus safety officers are at the heart of our efforts to keep our community safe. They patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and are always ready to serve. Officers know the importance of quality customer service and working with a sense of urgency at all times. From giving shuttle rides and unlocking doors to responding to emergencies, they provide service with care.
During a recent survey by residential students, the Campus Safety Office received an average approval rating of 95 percent, which I was excited and proud to share with President Jones and the President’s Cabinet. There is no doubt that this outstanding service will continue because our officers sincerely care for our community members and keeping us all safe.