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Chief of Police Welcome

As the Spring 2015 semester begins I would like to take this time to welcome all new and returning students, faculty and staff to California State University, Long Beach. As you begin this academic year, I would like to assure you that the University Police Department is committed to making your experience here at CSULB a safe and welcoming environment in which to pursue your academic endeavors. While CSULB has an excellent record with regard to safety and low overall crime statistics, there are many precautions that you can take to help your Police Department ensure not only your personal safety, but a safe and secure campus.

Although we enjoy a safe and enjoyable learning environment here at The Beach, there are times when conditions necessitate the immediate and timely dissemination of information regarding public safety issues such as crimes in progress or environmental safety hazards. During such times it is imperative that the Police Department communicate with the campus community through the emergency notification system known as Beach Alert. Beach Alert is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to keep our community informed when dealing with unfolding events as they occur on our campus. In order to be a part of this system it is important that each and every member of our campus community log on to “MyCSULB” to update your information, as well as to ensure that you receive emergency text messages via your cell phone during such campus wide emergencies. To learn more about such services please visit: http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/ppfm/police/ens/.

I encourage everyone to visit our newly remodeled University Police Sub-Station located in the Student Union.  Inside we have information regarding the different resources available to you as a student, faculty and staff as well as those services offered by the University Police - such as bicycle registration and the Campus Escort Service. University Police staff is also available to help you with any questions you may have about public safety here at The Beach.

Below are a few safety tips I hope you will follow to make your experience safe and enjoyable.

  • Please do not leave personal possessions unattended in public spaces. Items such as backpacks, laptop computers, cell phones are easy targets for the opportunistic thief.
  • For those who attend night classes, escort services are available to walk or transport you to your cars. These services are available to all members of our campus community during the late evening hours by calling (562) 985-4101.
  • It is extremely important to protect yourself from identity theft. Keep all personal identification, credit cards, drivers’ licenses, etc., in a safe place--a front pocket or purse. Do not leave your purse or wallet unattended at any time. Do not give any personal information to unapproved solicitors--many are engaging in fraudulent activities designed to separate you from your hard earned money or credit.
  • Faculty and staff, please remember to secure your office or work area if you leave your work space for an extended period of time. This includes locking doors, cabinets or drawers.

Finally and most importantly, education has long been recognized as the great equalizer in America. The U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believe that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

When in doubt do not be reluctant to contact UPD.  We can help and provide you with further assistance and local resources.

The CSULB Police Department values community relations and is committed to building positive relations with students, faculty, staff and guests. I share the pride of the Police Department in its allegiance to customer service. I am thankful for the support the department and personnel receive from the university community. I look forward to leading the Department’s future growth so that it can effectively respond to the needs of the Long Beach State community. As always, the University Police department is here to serve the interests of its campus community and is always available to help make your time here at CSULB a safe, secure, and rewarding experience.


Respectfully,
Fernando M. Solorzano
Chief of Police