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Kindness Stands Out
Long Beach State / November 2020
Across the nation, U.S. college students are not receiving enough financial aid and are struggling with meeting their basic needs. The need for stable and safe housing is of foremost concern to many CSU students. Homeless individuals are often met by law enforcement that insist that they “move along" when parked on city streets. At the Long Beach campus, university police noted that two individuals were continuously parked adjacent to campus in a recreational vehicle. Taking on the role of guardian over enforcer a campus officer contacted occupants of the RV and found that they were, in fact, homeless CSULB students. The students indicated that they embarrassed at not having a home and that they were often rebuffed by police officers treated as criminals and drug addicts. The officer informed the students of resources and support on campus. The campus officer did whatever he personally could to support them. Most importantly, he did not tell them to “move along" rather he regularly check in with them to assure they were as safe as they could be under the circumstance. In time, they did move from their location adjacent to campus. About a year later, the officer received a letter thanking him for treating them with respect and kindness.
Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run
CSU Bakersfield / November 2020
The police department of California State University Bakersfield helped raise funds and generate awareness for the Special Olympics Southern California by participating in the 2020 Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run. During the final two weeks of the run (Nov. 1-15), officers joined with community members in running, walking and biking to help deliver the Flame of Hope to the virtual Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics. Additionally, the department collected donations and sold merchandise to help support this worthy cause. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, helping them to realize their potential, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
CSU Implements Body-Worn Cameras University-Wide
California State University / November 2020
Body-worn cameras are significantly affecting policing nationwide. Cameras impact how police share information with the public and greatly impact the public's perception. To increase transparency and accountability, every CSU police department has implemented body-worn cameras. This is an important advancement consistent with the CSU's intent to meet 21st Century Policing objectives.