The partnership between San Juan College (SJC), SJC’s Department of Public Safety, and the Farmington Police Department (FPD) continues to enhance the safety of the college and community with the opening of a new police substation. Located in the College’s Health and Human Performance Center (HHPC) on the Farmington campus, the community is invited to attend the substation opening celebration, Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.
“We are extremely appreciative of this collaborative endeavor,” said Dave Eppich, SJC vice president of Student Services. “Taking a proactive approach is vital to supporting our safe learning environment for our students, employees and community.”
The HHPC serves as an optimal location for the new substation. Open from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 8 p.m. on Fridays, as well as 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the HHPC has one of the largest number of daily visitors on campus. This, in turn, provides an opportunity for the FPD to have additional interaction with the community. No additional construction was needed, as the substation will be housed in an existing office of the HHPC.
The new substation is scheduled to officially open on March 29.The secured location will provide officers with 24 hour access, seven days a week.
“San Juan College is such a major part of the fiber of the Farmington community,” said FPD Police Chief, Steve Hebbe, “We are very pleased to be partnering to improve public safety.”
“Along with the new substation, Chief Hebbe and his staff have worked closely with us over the last several years to implement a variety of other resources that maximize safety on campus,” Eppich continued.
In 2015, FPD provided a full-time School Resource Officer on the college’s main campus. Housed at the Farmington campus, the resource officer is available to facilitate campus safety training, support SJC Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and assist students and employees. Through a memorandum of understanding, the FPD commissions SJC Public Safety officers to handle parking violations, allowing FPD to utilize their resources in other areas of the community.
FPD also engages college students and employees in safety training exercises. The partnership also benefits the college’s DPS officers with access to higher level training courses through the Criminal Justice Training Authority.
“This collaborative effort and partnership is, without a doubt, a win-win for the safety and well-being of our College and our community,” Eppich said.