CCUPCA, IACLEA Mourns the loss of Officer Garrett Swasey

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association joins our colleagues at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in honoring the memory of University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was slain in the line of duty on November 27th in Colorado Springs.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The IACLEA announcement regarding Officer Swasey can be read at Officer Garrett Swasey Statement_IACLEA-Nov302015.





Social Media Monitoring Article Highlights Work of LA County Sheriff

Featured in the November issue of Campus Security Report, Deputy Tony Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provides an insightful and informative look into an effective social media marketing program designed to detect the earliest warning signs of threats.

CCUPCA-member LASD provides campus security and protection to several community college campuses in Los Angeles County and uses its social media monitoring programs to identify key words and phrases within a variety of popular communications applications to maintain safety on their campuses.   Deputy Moore’s unit is a leader in the use of social media in law enforcement, and has provided training to more than 1,500 sworn and civilian police officials at 150 agencies in five countries.

For more information, see the full article HERE.


Save the Date–CCUPCA Spring Conference April 5-7, 2016

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association is proud to announce the dates and location for its 2016 Annual Spring Conference and General Assembly.

This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.  The conference will run from April 5th through 7th, and will once again feature an ensemble of outstanding presenters on the prevailing issues for California campus policing among higher education institutions.

Based on the ongoing highly-positive response and interest between our conference attendees and our expo participants.  CCUPCA is also proud to continue to host one of the most engaging and productive corporate-partner and vendor expos in the industry.  Registration for the CCUPCA Spring Conference Expo and Sponsors Program will open soon.

For more information, visit the CCUPCA Events website.

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CCUPCA Pauses to Reflect

On Friday, November 13th, the world learned of the series of vicious attacks that took place in several areas across Paris, France. In what has become an all-too familiar news item, dozens of people were the victims of terrorist activities focused upon a variety of venues and all within a window of approximately 30 minutes.

It is particularly saddening to learn that among the earliest information about those who perished in these attacks, a student at California State University, Long Beach was among them. We among CCUPCA are both friends and close colleagues with many of the CSULB 49er Family.

The member agencies of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association share in this loss. On each college campus, we know that among those we serve there are but two groups: those who are colleagues, and those who are colleagues whom we simply haven’t met yet. Students, faculty, and professional staff all come together to compose communities, and in turn, a very special larger community that is higher education. Day to day, we work together to solve challenges that often are not confined to the borders of the schools we all serve, nor the industry our institutions are part of.

When the news of a senseless and tragic act of violence occurs near our own communities, we are stunned, angered, and irreparably changed. When the news of an even more horrific sequence of events becomes known, we are all those things and also confused. Often we are confused because the distance that separates us from the images and activities that our own peers—those first responders who serve their communities around the world—cannot allow us to reach out as easily and swiftly to those who might be capable of helping us to understand what has occurred, who may be involved, and perhaps most importantly of all, why.

In addition to being public safety professionals, the individual members of CCUPCA are also fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters to all students who have the courage and passion to study abroad. Theirs is a courage to learn new methods and new theories, and the courage to meet new people and learn new ways of life. This is a courage we do not often remind ourselves of—but we should.

We should because without that courage, those who have chosen a calling in their desired field that includes travelling to new places around the globe also choose to accomplish a portion of their learning in locations that are very different, and often with known risk. We should also remember their courage because they are the ones willing to do some of the most significant work in bringing the world closer together.

As we continue to learn more of the tragedy of Paris, and while we pray for all whose lives have been inexplicably taken away and for the families who have suffered the greatest loss imaginable, we at CCUPCA also pause to pray for those who are part of the larger family we know as higher education.

Today, we are Parisians and we are also 49ers. We share in the immeasurable loss that has senselessly occurred in France and we share in the commitment to continue to serve our campus communities here to the best of our abilities and in a manner that will honor all of those who have chosen something greater through higher learning.