The mission of DPS is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the San Juan College community, embracing a community-oriented approach and utilizing communication, education, cooperation, and proactive practices.
The Department of Public Safety has opened the lines of communication with students, community members and visitors to San Juan College.
They, along with the college’s Department of Information Technology, implemented the Rave Alert system to notify individuals about campus emergencies, closures and weather alerts. The system automatically sends alerts to those with San Juan College email addresses. Students and employees who opt in, also receive text notifications.
Last year, DPS kicked off Rave Guardian, which allows students, staff and faculty, as well as community members to communicate any campus emergencies or concerns to the college’s DPS staff. “The Rave Guardian system is a great tool to help everyone stay safe” says Director of Public Safety Kenny Hibner. “We have seen good results with an increase in communication from those who sign up to use Rave Guardian.”
Recently DPS received new uniforms and vehicles. The uniforms set the officers apart in a crowd, as they are easily recognized as being safety officers. The new vehicles allow DPS to conduct their job without mechanical issues that could occur with an aging fleet.
“New uniforms and new vehicles were purchased in the last year through the support of Executive Vice President Edward DesPlas and President Toni Hopper Pendergrass,” says Hibner. “The new look has given the officers a sense of pride and professionalism as they conduct day-to-day operations.”
In the near future, the Department of Public Safety will work with the Physical Plant staff to replace the interior door lock system on campus, including re-keying all doors, replacement of the current electronic door access system and current camera system. The new system will allow for a faster lock-down from inside the buildings in case of an emergency, therefore enhancing safety measures on campus.
DPS staff are continuously increasing their training. The Criminal Justice Training Authority (CJTA-Police Academy) of San Juan County has opened its doors to help San Juan College officers obtain specialized training in various areas to help ensure a safe campus.
For a campus emergency, the DPS can be reached at 566-3333 or for any other non-emergency calls on campus, call 566-4444.
To learn more and for information on signing up for Rave Guardian and Rave Alert, visit getrave.com/login/sanjuancollege.