Fall 2020 Welcome & Safety Message
Message from Laurie Espinoza Clouse, Police Chief
August 19, 2020
Welcome back to campus Bobcats! We’ve missed you! As we return, we want to underscore our commitment to the partnership between our Bobcat Community and UPD. Together we can make the 2020 fall semester as safe as possible.
FIVE SAFETY TIPS FOR STUDENTS
From keeping residence halls locked, to recording the serial numbers of your valuables, there are several steps you can take to stay safe while on campus. Visit Safety Tips for Students for important information from UPD for fall 2020.
Our community continues to remind us of the importance of transparency and open lines of communication in our work to serve and protect you. We will continue to engage in dialogue with our students as part of our work to be responsive through action. To this end, we have several initiatives to share that sharpen our focus on safe and inclusive community policing.
8 Didn’t Wait at Texas State
UPD had many of the #8CantWait initiatives already in place. See how our policies aligned with the initiatives, by visiting UPD Safety and Accountability Measures.
Cite and Release—Cite and Divert
UPD has joined with our local law enforcement partners in cite and release and cite and divert practices. These additional options are practices that go above and beyond those commonly used by other law enforcement agencies.
And lastly, UPD included language in policies that guide our interactions in accordance with the tenets of procedural justice including:
- being fair in processes;
- being transparent in actions;
- providing opportunity for voice; and
- being impartial in decision making.
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY FORUMS
Engagement with our community is very important to UPD and we want your feedback. To keep the engagement going during these unprecedented times, we are excited to announce our monthly virtual forums, with the first one scheduled for Sept. 2, noon to 1 p.m. Visit UPD Community Forums to join us and share your feedback. Dr. Angela Jones, assistant professor, School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and I will be leading the first forum focused on the Four Tenets of Procedural Justice. We look forward to hearing from students, staff and faculty.
UPD is in the Nueces Building at 615 North LBJ Drive on the San Marcos campus.