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Chief of Police Welcome

On behalf of the University Police, I would like to welcome all new and returning students, faculty and staff to California State University, Long Beach for the fall 2015 semester.

As you begin this academic year, I would like to remind all commuters to plan ahead with regard to traffic conditions – particularly during the fall. Please familiarize yourself with our campus and the locations of parking lots and associated parking structures. By knowing where to park you can plan to walk to your destination or use the available shuttle services. Finally, by giving yourself more time for your commute, you may help to alleviate the very conditions that contribute to problems during peak traffic periods. Hopefully, with just a little time, effort and planning your commute can be less stressful.

I would also like to address some campus safety concerns regarding bicycles and skateboards. Please remember that when using a bicycle in and around campus, riders are subject to rules of the road. Bike riders are to observe traffic lights, signage including stop signs and pedestrian traffic. Ride with the flow of traffic and stay in the bicycle lanes which are for your use and safety. When using a skateboard, please remember that certain areas of the campus are restricted from skateboard use. Pay attention to signage prohibiting the use of skateboards in restricted zones as you will be cited for any violations. Finally, always remember that this is a campus largely composed of pedestrians. Their safety is of the utmost importance – do not use your skateboards when there is heavy foot traffic or in the restricted no-skateboarding zones. If you are unsure of the California Vehicle Codes as they relate to the use of bicycles or the prohibition or restrictions on the use of skateboards, please contact the Police Department for information.  

While CSULB has an excellent record of safety and low crime statistics, there are many precautions that you can take to help your police department ensure your personal safety, and the safety and well-being of every member of our community – particularly when it pertains to crimes of opportunity. I encourage you to become familiar with a few safety tips to make your experience here at CSULB safe and enjoyable.

  • Do not leave personal possessions unattended in public spaces. Items such as backpacks, laptops, and cell phones are easy targets for opportunistic thieves.
  • For those who attend night classes, escort services are available to walk or transport you to your cars and are available to all members of our campus community 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 for an extended period of time. This includes locking doors, cabinets or drawers.

The CSULB Police Department values community relations and is committed to building positive relations with students, faculty, staff and guests. As always, the University Police department is here to serve the interests of the campus community and is always available to help make your time here at CSULB a safe, secure, and rewarding experience.

Fernando M. Solorzano
Chief of Police