California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was recognized as the third “most secure” university/college in the nation by Security Magazine in its 2010 “Security 500” rankings, released in the publication’s November issue.
Only 27 universities and colleges from across the country were recognized in this year’s rankings. CSULB was the only California school to be recognized for the second straight year and ranked behind only No. 1 University of Pennsylvania and No. 2 Ohio State University.
“The safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff has been and will always be of paramount importance to us at Cal State Long Beach,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “With this year’s ranking, Cal State Long Beach has once again demonstrated its commitment to providing one of the safest campuses for higher education in the country.”
Alexander also noted that the CSU Chancellor’s Office recently released its system-wide safety report, which showed that CSULB has had the lowest reported crime rate throughout the CSU for the last three years.
“This year’s Security Magazine ranking coupled with the chancellor’s safety report validates the efforts of our public safety professionals while confirming the campus’ reputation as a safe university,” the president added.
Security Magazine’s rankings are broken down into “16 vertical markets,” enabling like organizations to compare programs. The purpose of the “Security 500,” the magazine explained, is to create a reliable database to measure an organization compared to others and create a benchmarking program among security organizations. The results will enable these groups to know where they stand as a basis of an on-going peer review process.
“I firmly believe that successfully protecting a campus community – any community – is determined by the quality of the relationships a public safety organization has with its community, and we are fortunate to work with colleagues in so many areas that help us preserve the environment we have come to expect,” said Stan Skipworth, CSULB’s chief of University Police.
“The university’s academic mission is our highest priority,” he continued, “and to help the university achieve this goal, we must do all we can to provide a safe and secure environment; and to accomplish that, we need the help of our students, faculty and staff to make their individual and collective experience on campus one in which they are confident in their personal safety.”
In recent years, the campus’ University Police Department has enacted a number of initiatives, programs and policy enhancements that have added to the safety of the university and influenced its placement in the rankings, according to Skipworth. Among those enhancements are an emergency communications system to alert the entire campus community in the event of an emergency and a camera system that gives the department the ability to monitor activities of the campus and assist in crime prevention efforts.
Other improvements Skipworth mentioned include increased police patrols to reduce crime, expanded community outreach programs, and dedicated bicycle and green vehicle uses.
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