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Campus Safety

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Call Campus Police At
928-314-9500

AWC Campus Police Functions and Expectations

The Arizona Western College Police Department will provide a block of instruction on Police Functions and Expectations to all Arizona Western College students or employees. This program covers all the Functions of the AWC Police Department and the expectations that we have for all of our employees and students.

We will provide each player with a copy of the State statutes involving alcohol and drug use, as well as statutes covering sexual assault, threatening and intimidating, burglary and theft. This presentation will be presented at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters or upon request. Presentation length is 30 minutes.

Emergercy Call Boxes

What is an emergency call box?

An emergency call box is a safety device provided by the college. There are a total of 15 call boxes placed in readily available areas for easy accessibility. Once activated, the box will automatically summons the police department to the location of the activated call box for assistance.

Where are the call boxes located?

Each call box is on a pole with emergency written on it and are located all around campus. Please refer to the campus map with the locations of each call box highlighted and make yourself familiar with each location.

How do you use the call box?

You use the call box by opening the door to the phone box, this will activate the call box and will alert the campus police and dispatcher to the location of the activated call box, and will give instructions on how to use the phone. Inside the box you will see a red button, to speak to the AWC dispatcher to tell them what the emergency is simply hold down the red button and speak, then let go of the red button and wait for a response from the dispatcher. Once campus police arrives you can now close the phone box, this will reset the call box for the next emergency.

Can someone show me how to use the emergency callbox and show me their locations?

Yes, simply call the Arizona Western College police at 314-9500 or 344-5555. An officer will take you around and show you the locations of each emergency box and will activate one of the boxes to demonstrate how to use them. You should allow yourself approximately 30 minutes for the demonstration.

T.I.P.S. Line

A Taking Interest in your Personal Safety phone line (x-49500) is created to allow members of the Campus community to anonymously report incidents that affect the quality of life on Campus. The T.I.P.S. line, an on-Campus extension only, is confidential. Information that helps to identify the date, time, location and individuals involved in an incident that you may have witnessed would be appreciated. You can remain anonymous, or if you wish leave your name and phone number so that a representative of the Campus Police Department may contact you. You may utilize our e-mail system to make confidential reports at, campus.police@azwestern.edu

Rape Prevention/ Date Rape Education

Arizona Western College Police Department will provide instruction to all staff and students about rape prevention and Date Rape Education. We will also give instruction about the type of drugs to watch out for and how alcohol can contribute to the problem. We will include information about Amberly's Place Family Advocacy Center as well as information and contacts through the Excel Group in case further assistance is needed. This program will be presented at the beginning of each semester and upon request. Presentation length is 45 minutes.

Sexual Assault Investigations & Local Processes

Upon request, Campus police will provide a class on what the steps are followed when conducting a Sexual Assault Investigation and what the local processes are. Please allow approximately one to one and a half hours for the presentation.

Lock It or Lose It

Arizona Western College Police Department will provide informational flyers to all staff, professors, and teachers using our facility reminding them to make sure they lock their classrooms or offices and to remind anyone they allow to use their classroom or office to lock up when leaving. Simply locking up will help keep the potential theft of equipment to a minimum. The flyers will be able to be downloaded and we ask everyone to hang one up at every entry and exit door. Program is a constant reminder program that does not have a classroom presentation attached to it.

LOCK IT OR LOSE IT

What is lock it or lose it?

Lock it or lose it, is a campus wide reminder about the importance of locking buildings behind you or calling campus Police to lock them for you to help prevent theft and vandalism in all our buildings and classrooms.

If you are entering a building for any reason after or before normal business hours or weekends, please follow these guidelines for your own safety and the safety of others that might be here after or before hours as well.

 

  • Unlock the door only to allow yourself to enter and lock it behind you. This will prevent you from forgetting to lock the door when you leave and will prevent unauthorized persons entering the building when you might be here by yourself or the building is left unattended. Remember it is very unnerving for staff to find and have to enter an unsecured (unlocked) building especially after hours or on weekends. Your colleague could be the next to arrive and their safety may be jeopardized when the building is left unsecured.
  • Always contact Campus Police when you arrive to let them know you are in a building or classroom after hours or on the weekend. In addition, please let them know when you are leaving. This will assist in making sure the building remains secure. They will come by the building after the time you have left and check to make sure the building is secure. If you do not have a key to the building or classroom, contact Campus Police and ask them to let you in. Campus Police make routine rounds to secure buildings and may think they have secured the building only to find a few hours later that doors are unlocked and they were unaware you are in the building.
  • If you enter a building or classroom after hours or on weekends and you find the building unlocked, something missing or the appearance that something is damaged or is not quite "right", do not enter the location and contact Campus Police immediately. Stay where the officer can find you so that he may ask you questions about the condition you found the building or classroom. Do not attempt to go inside the area and look around yourself, there may be someone still inside the building and your safety could be jeopardized.

 

Travel Safety

Arizona Western College Campus Police will provide travel safety tips to all the students and staff. Presentation will be made prior to Christmas Holidays or upon request. Presentation length is 40 minutes.

     Traveling Off Campus Safety Tips

  • Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas. Trust your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
  • Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you have a cellular phone, have it easily accessible and turned on while driving.
  • Take note of emergency/pay phones near where you have parked, in case you have to use them.
  • Do not leave valuable item visible in your car.
  • Walk with others to your vehicle whenever possible.
  • If someone looks suspicious, leave the area immediately. Do not try to go to your vehicle. Call 911 if necessary.
  • Look around and underneath your vehicle before approaching.
  • Check the back seat of your vehicle before entering.
  • Upon entering your vehicle, immediately lock all doors.
  • While driving, if you notice that you are being followed, do not go home. Drive to the nearest police station, open store or service station for help. If you are fearful of exiting your vehicle, blow your horn to draw attention to yourself.

Report all attempted vehicle thefts to a police department or just call 911. 

     On Campus Safety Tips

  • Park in designated parking areas in heavily populated areas. Trust your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you have a cellular phone, have it easily accessible and turned on. Program you phone so it is set for speed dial to 911. Remember all cell phones even ones that don't have service will still call 911.
  • It is vital that you know your location when calling 911 on your cell phone. Your call, if made on campus, will go to the Yuma Police Department's 911 center.  Yuma PD will immediately contact the Campus Police for our response.
  • Take note of the emergency callboxes located where you have parked, in case you have to use them.
  • Do not leave valuable items visible in your car, this will bring attention to you.
  • Walk with others to and from your vehicle whenever possible.
  • If someone looks suspicious, leave the area immediately. Do not try to go to your vehicle. Call Campus Police at 314-9500 and give a description of the person and their location.
  • Look around and underneath your vehicle before approaching.
  • Check the back seat of your vehicle before entering.
  • Upon entering your vehicle, immediately lock all the doors.
  • While on campus, if you notice you are being followed, turn around and look at the person to let him/her know you have seen them. Then go to the nearest building and call Campus Police for assistance. If you are not around a building, and you notice the person beginning to run towards you, yell as loud as you can to draw attention to yourself.

Report all unusual happenings on campus to the Campus Police.

Operation Identification

The Arizona Western College Police Department hosts Operation Identification days in the AWC Dormitories. The services are offered to all residents of the dormitories and will be held at the start of the Spring and Fall semesters in each dorm. The Police Department ask that all students bring all their valuable items and we will record the serial numbers and engrave each item. The information will help in case you are a victim of a burglary or theft.  Furthermore, you will have a description of your items to assist you in reporting lost property and enhance the Department's ability to return them to the rightful owner.

If you were not available at the time of the initial offering, please call the Campus Police at 314-9500 or 344-5555 and an Officer will make arrangements with you to have your valuables engraved. You will need to allow as much time that is required depending on how many items you have.

What is operation I.D.?

Operation ID is a campus-wide program designed to discourage theft of valuables from your residence. The identifying marks enable the police to identify and return stolen merchandise to the rightful owner. By participating in operation ID, we hope to dramatically reduce theft within our dormitories.

Operation ID reduces the profit of crime, because thieves steal valuables for resale. If you mark all items with permanent identification numbers, such a driver's license number , the thieves will be unable to sell them through legitimate means. Finally if a criminal knows all valuables in your residence are marked, he will often look for an easier victim.

What should be marked?

All items of value should be marked to include:

  • Bicycles
  • Cameras
  • Radio/Stereos
  • Televisions
  • VCR's
  • Computers
  • Calculators
  • Instruments
  • Video machines/games/controllers

For your items that cannot be engraved, you should take a close-up photograph of the item and write any serial number information on the photo. Keep this information in a safe place and have it available if that item is lost or stolen.

Alcohol Awareness

Arizona Western College Police Department will provide information on the effects of drinking alcohol and how it impairs your fine motor skills. We will include the State Statutes regarding alcohol violations and what you as an individual could be charged with. We will also include information about drinking in Mexico and coming back to the United States while you are still under the effects of alcohol and the Campus violations you could face for being under the influence of alcohol. This program will be presented at least once each semester and when ever the presentation is requested or can be made part of other programs, such as health week. The presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Drug Awareness

This presentation will provide information about drug use and their effects on your body.  In addition, the possible criminal ramifications under the Arizona Revised Statutes that related to illegal drug usage. Information about where someone involved in illegal drugs can go to obtain assistance will be available. Presentation length is 45 minutes.

Halloween Safety Presentation

Arizona Western College Police Department will distrbute Halloween candy to all the children at the AWC Child Development Center and give a brief safety lecture on safe trick or treating. Campus Police will stress the importance of not eating Halloween candy after trick or treating until a parent checks it. This program will be presented at least annually prior to the Halloween Holiday.

Presentation will take approximately 30 minutes.

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