Small campus, big on safety

By Adytia Vunnum, Angel Miranda, Raul D'souza, Nina Chiuchiarelli, and Tommy Lee

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Contrary to the current tension between police and citizens across the United States, students at Long Beach City College feel safe and comfortable with the Department of Public Safety and its officers on campus.

“I think we have a good working relationship with the citizens of Long Beach,” Tai Do, officer for the Long Beach Police, said.

At LBCC, Public Safety has implemented numerous drills and precautions to ensure the safety of its students. Brendan Hayes, manager of environmental health and safety, has been involved in the creation of these drills.

“With the current problems with active shooters nowadays, we have installed active shooter drills. In these drills, we have victims running out of classrooms and the police then go into the building to take care of the situation. We also do shakeout (earthquake) drills,” Hayes said.

The Department also provides information easily accessible by students and faculty about various situations and general security on campus. However, Public Safety feels as if it is at times difficult to reach the public.

“The biggest challenge is getting the info out to students and teacher, and getting them to understand it, read it, and prevent it….you have to take on safety as an individual,” Hayes said.

The Department does not take crime on campus lightly and assures that if there are issues at LBCC, they are resolved promptly and efficiently.

“There were a lot of auto crimes happening, so we started patrolling more and put more officers on duty, and that made the crime percentage go down,” Do said.

This has made students at the college feel more secure.

“Yeah I feel safe on campus and around the police. I see the police cars patrolling a lot,” Diego Duarte, second year student, said.

In one instance, a suspicious man lingered in the women’s restroom, causing a potentially dangerous situation on campus.

“The police here are good but after there was a man in the women’s bathroom, I feel like there needs to be more security,” Daisy Cano, second year student, said.

Even though Cano felt endangered, she acknowledges that the police responded, as they informed the students of LBCC with an email.

Additionally, a female sophomore that takes classes at night has never felt threatened on campus because she sees the police patrolling even at night. However, she does believe that improvements could be made and would like more lighting around the school as well as more emergency blue phones.

Overall, the majority of students at Long Beach City College have had a safe experience attending school. Jacob Abatay and Jonathan Johnson, students, agree.

The numbers concur with the emotions, as the 2015 Annual Security Report released to the public informs that there have been close to no crimes on campus from 2013 to 2015.

The goal of the Department of Public Safety is not only to maintain these statistics, but also to improve the relationship between the police and the students.

As Hayes said, “In some countries people are afraid of the police, so we are trying to get that out of their heads here.”

 

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