March 31, 2008

COMMENTARY: Safety Survey Finally Surfaces

Safety Survey Seeks to Substantiate Armed Officers

Randy Garcia (left), evening supervisor of DPS, and Chuck Northcott (right), DPS officer, demonstrate techniques for using pepper spray in the training room at the Police Academy. The entire department will go through both baton and pepper spray training. Photo by Alexia Lang. Courtesy of The Campus Ledger

After providing budget, training, and equipment college seeks permission for actions

The college's Institutional Research department sent me this e-mail last week. But since I was sick, I let it sit. I finally read it and to my surprise, it's the often invoked and untimely armed campus survey.
In an effort to increase campus security, the College has undertaken a review of whether the JCCC Public Safety Department should become an official police department and arm those officers who are state certified. Currently, the JCCC Public Safety Department has a large number of retired police officers with over 670 years of combined law enforcement experience.

As part of this review process, the Office of Institutional Research has been asked to survey JCCC students, faculty, and staff. The survey consists of five short questions and should only take a minute to complete. All responses will be kept strictly confidential and reported as grouped data only; you will never be identified as the source of individual replies or comments. If you have any questions, please contact me at 913-469-8500 ext. 2443 or email me at

We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey as soon as possible but no later than April 4th, 2008.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important project.

Please click the following link to access the survey:
I don't know if it's open to the public but it should be. So in the interest of transparency, anyone interested in voicing an opinion should feel free to use the link sent to me.

One of the five questions (is that all?) asks if the college should use batons and pepper spray. Its a bit late to ask, isn't it?

Last Thursday, The Ledger's Matt Galloway wrote an update to his guns on campus story noting that the college has already trained officers in use of pepper spray and batons.

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