The newly formed Campus Police & Safety Advisory Committee at Cal Poly Pomona has an ambitious goal, to bridge the gap between traditional policing and community policing in a way that aligns with the educational mission of the university.
Ask any of the committee’s members, however, and ‘ambitious’ is just another word for opportunity.
“I joined the committee because I love Cal Poly Pomona so much and want it to do better,” said committee member Zane Landin, a fifth-year communications student. “I want to see more institutions act on making a better police force so students can feel safer. I am proud CPP is taking the right step in creating a better campus environment and climate,”.
The advisory committee was formed as a result of a June 2021 policy from the Chancellor’s Office requiring the formation of police advisory groups at all 23 CSU campuses. Prior to the policy, the Division of Student Affairs proactively formed a Police Advisory Task Force in 2020 to provide guidance and recommendations related to community policing, which resulted in a final report that was released in the spring of 2021. This approach helped the university stay one step ahead and meet the requirements outlined in the CSU policy while allowing the CPP community itself determine the best path forward.
The advisory committee is tasked with ensuring that the University Police Department aligns with the university’s mission and values of inclusivity, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. This includes a review of current UPD policy, procedures, and practices, supporting community outreach efforts, identifying recommendations for community engagement, and more.
Membership is designed to include a variety of stakeholders, with four student representatives, three faculty members, and staff members from each division. Together, these members are working toward the goal of a sustainable community policing framework that fully integrates everyone in the university community.
The advisory committee held its inaugural meeting in December 2021, when members had the chance to learn about their roles and set expectations. Since then, the group met in January and March.
While the advisory committee continues to meet regularly, it is expected that priorities may shift in response to the changing needs of the campus community, further supporting its goals.
“The advisory group is important for our university as we establish transparency, knowledge, and I hope, building trust in the role of UPD at Cal Poly Pomona. Our members are ambassadors to the campus as we support, assist and advise our UPD partners,” said Megan Stang, committee chair and interim associate vice president for student affairs.
For more information, and to access meeting agendas and notes, visit the committee’s website.