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The University Police Department provides a diverse and highly visible range of public safety services designed to reduce crime, protect life and property, and support Jacksonville State University in the accomplishment of its institutional mission. As a customer-oriented service provider, the professional staff utilizes innovative law enforcement programs as well as established community-policing techniques to provide a full range of services to the campus community, as well as to the larger Jacksonville community.


1. Provide a safe a secure environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus.

Strategy

Initiate crime prevention programs that include campus housing, athletics, and the general campus. Increase and improve the quality of informational presentations, orientations, and the Adopt-A-Cop program to students residing in campus residence halls and Fraternities on most common occurring crime. Include personal protection information for university employees and students through daily crime logs and annual Clery reports. Inform and involve the entire campus community in crime prevention issues and crime prevention programs. Reduce the crime rate in specific areas of violent crimes and thefts. Reduce the overall crime rate on campus.

Organizational Component:  Accreditation, Administrative, Communications, Emergency Management, Investigations, Parking, Patrol, and Security

2. Maintain current manpower of personnel and find methods of additional funding

Strategy

Request and receive those funds for UPD personnel budget. Maintain full-time Dispatch Position. Apply for grants and other funding methods.

Organizational Component:  Patrol and Communications

3. Provide a safe and secure environment through motorized police patrols, automated police management systems, and software to assist dispatching capabilities. Improve the campus community crime prevention programs.

Strategy

Improve the crime prevention program targeting the most vulnerable populations. Work closer with the judicial Coordinator in assuring judicial hearing is held for students who violate the JSU student code of conduct. Purchase of new vehicles should have begun during 2005/2006/2007/2008, and annually thereafter for patrol operations. UPD did receive a new patrol car in February 2010. Current fleet is aging rapidly and will require a purchase/replacement of all vehicles in a couple of years. Officers and police managers need to use an automated police management system to better report and analyze crime incidents and trends. Receive increased funding to cover increases in operational costs such as fuel, maintenance, training, safety equipment, uniforms, parking ticket writers, power supply, paper ticket rolls, and other supplies such as decals. Receive funding for computers to complete upgrades.

Organizational Component:  Accreditation, Patrol, and Security.

4. Provide funding for the inspection and maintenance of JSU fire extinguishers in all JSU owned buildings.

Strategy

Safeguard Fire & Alarm Company received the bid in 2007 and replaced all fire extinguishers in University building in 2008. The JSU Physical Pant stated that fire extinguishers for new buildings are covered in the bid price. Funding is requested to pay for the inspection and replacement of fire extinguishers through Safeguard. The estimated annual maintenance contract is $3,968.00

Organizational Component:  Security

5. Maintain upgraded fire monitoring system.

Strategy

Maintain the newly upgraded fire monitoring system. Ensure funding is made available for upgrades and updates.

Organizational Component:  Security

6. Reduce traffic flow and parking problems by collaborating with faculty, staff and student groups to establish a comprehensive traffic and parking plan. Become more efficient with parking citations for parking violators. Upgrade the automated ticketing system to post charges on the University Banner System. Implement an online payment system.

Strategy

Provide input into future construction projects ensuring adequate parking facilities. Meet and work with action groups to resolve parking issues. Update automated parking violation citation system to be compatible with the Banner system. Meet with action groups and university administrators to agree on a combined strategy of capital improvement for parking, and class scheduling considerations. Use full-time parking enforcement officer for scheduled enforcement, and police person to respond to parking complaints that will allow the parking enforcement officer to complete scheduled enforcement. Get overtime approved for two enforcement officers to work Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. One officer to work from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. This will identify repeat offenders so that outstanding tickets can be charged. Implement an online payment method to ensure payment inquiries are “live”.

Organizational Component:  Parking

 

7. Reduce traffic hazards at identified locations by visibly enforcing speed limits at student crosswalks. High visibility traffic enforcement will reduce speed of vehicles traveling through crosswalks.

Strategy

Increase the number of visible traffic enforcement patrols at high use and traffic crosswalks such as Brewer Hall and Houston Cole Library, which both require students to cross Highway 21. Increase public safety messages to make drivers more aware of posted speed at crosswalks. Get overtime approved to provide additional police presence in monitoring cross walks.

Organizational Component:  Patrol

8. Provide positive leadership role models for students to emulate by identifying and assigning qualified employees to train and mentor student employees.

Strategy

Match best full-time employees to student workers. Student employees are assigned to knowledgeable, experienced full-time employees for training. Their personal and professional interaction will provide quality training and foster personal development for student employees. Student employees will become professionally competent and personally enhanced with increased character and emotional intelligence. Each semester student workers will be requested to complete an evaluation on numerous qualities of work issues to include work hours, training, management/supervision, and recommendations to improve working conditions. Purchase police agency shirts to identify student workers to people who enter the building. (Dispatchers, Safety Security patrol, etc.)

Organizational Component:  Accreditation, Administrative, Communications, Emergency Management, Investigations, Parking, Patrol, and Security

9. Maintain accreditation standards and receive re-accreditation in 2015.

Strategy

Employ one UPD officer as the accreditation manager to work on the re-accreditation standards during 2013 through 2015. Seek re-accreditation by CALEA in 2015.

Organizational Component: Accreditation

10.  Crime on campus should remain about the same or decrease. This will provide the JSU community with an atmosphere conducive to learning with a feeling of security.

Strategy

The UPD will work to reduce the total number of criminal cases each year. The evaluation of this goal will be measured by statistics from Police Pak on reportable cases. UPD will need to identify individuals involved with offenses on campus. This will be insured through the legal system and the University Judicial System. The UPD will need to ensure each violation is addressed. Members of the community will receive information through posting, hearing, and word of mouth that UPD, JSU employees, Housing, and the Judicial Coordinator are working together to insure safety across the campus. The UPD will work with outside law enforcement agencies to identify those students that commit crime off campus and refer them to the Judicial Coordinator as well. Criminal acts committed in the surrounding area by students bring as much discredit to JSU as crimes committed on campus, if not more. This will also demonstrate to the students as well as the outside community the commitment JSU has in preparing students to become successful, not only in academics.

Organizational Component:  Accreditation, Administrative, Communications, Emergency Management, Investigations, Parking, Patrol, and Security

11.   Keep Emergency Response Plans current with national trends.

Strategy

To employ an Emergency Management Specialist to coordinate emergency response plan and disseminate information through training and publications. To enlist cooperation from other entities to keep procedures modern and relevant to emergency situations. To organize a detailed course for the response to active threats to the campus.

Organizational Component:  Emergency Management and Accreditation.

12.  Maintain ability to provide quick and efficient customer service at UPD.

Strategy

Have adequate administrative personnel, equipment, and knowledge to provide for customer service at UPD.

Organizational Component:  Administrative

13.  Maintain Investigational capabilities to service the University community.

Strategy

Maintain one full-time Investigator and supplement personnel as needed to fully and thoroughly investigate crimes reported to UPD. Department will provide for training and equipment to ensure Investigations is modernized and have the ability to serve the University community. Criminal intelligence will be coordinated to assist in crime prevention and liaisons with other agencies will be kept to foster cooperation.

Organizational Component:  Investigations

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