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2015 report of Campus Crime Statistics

The Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1991 (Clery Act) requires the college to report on the occurrence of specific criminal offenses that happen on-campus, in the residence halls, on campus affiliated property and on public property sharing contiguous boundaries with campus property. The AWC Police Department gathers, compiles and reports this data to the college community annually.

  On Campus Non-Campus Public Property
  Non-Residential Hall Residential Hall    
  '12 '13 '14 '12 '13 '14 '12 '13 '14 '12 '13 '14
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 1 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rape - - 0 - - 1 - - 0 - - 0
Fondling - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0
Sex offenses - Non-Forcilble 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incest - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0
Statuatory Rape - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations - Arrest 11 11 10 11 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor Law Violations - Disciplinary Actions 12 4 11 12 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations - Arrest 12 13 16 8 9 14 0 0 1 0 3 0
Drug Law Violations - Disciplinary Actions 15 4 13 15 4 13 0 0 2 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons possession - Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons possession - Disciplinary Actions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DUI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

In addition to the Main Campus, there are five college centers located within the Arizona Western College District. They are the Redondo Career Center located within the City of Yuma; the San Luis Center in San Luis, Arizona; the Somerton Center in Somerton, Arizona; the Wellton Center in Wellton, Arizona and the Parker/La Paz County Center located in Parker, Arizona.

The listed 2014 Non-Campus statistics were provided by the City of Yuma Police Department and pertain to their jurisdiction adjacent to the main campus and the Redondo Career Center.  As of this update, the remaining jurisdictions had yet to respond to AWCPD's request for information.

Arizona Western College Fire Safety Report    

January 1 2014 through December 31, 2014

Arizona Western College has three residence halls that were built in the early 1960’s.  The maximum capacity of DeAnza is 113, Garces is 115 and Kino is 115 for a total of 343 in the combined residence halls.  

All three halls have fire suppression sprinklers and have smoke detectors in each room as well as the hallways and common areas. There are fire alarm pull stations in the hallways and lobby area that is connected to an alarm panel that will sound in the office area of each respective hall, Campus Police and Facilities.  There is one security guard on duty in each hall from 10:30 pm to 7:00am and the Coordinator of Residence Life has staff manning the desk areas of each hall during the day and early evening hours.

There was a fire drill held August 26, 2014 at 10:00pm for DeAnza, September 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm for Kino and September 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm for Garces that was unannounced to the students. Procedures for the evacuation of the halls are located in the Arizona Western College Emergency Response booklet (Appendix A). The evacuation was a joint effort between the respective Residence Hall staff, Security Guards, Campus Police and Facilities personnel.  

The safety information regarding the residence halls and evacuation is disseminated in a meeting held at the beginning of the fall semester to the Residence Life staff which includes the Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.  Information is available to residence hall students in the Residence Hall handbook that has the following information for Fire Safety:

The following are prohibited in residence halls: halogen lamps; overloaded, damaged or non-UL approved electrical cords, unsafe placement of cords or improper use of electrical items; obstruction of sprinklers; obstruction of room door or windows; ceiling hangings or other decorations which are flammable or otherwise could contribute to fire spread; use of any flame device (candles, etc.), open coil appliance or burning incense; possession/use of fireworks or other explosive; possession/storage of gasoline or other fuels/flammable chemicals; damaging or tampering with fire safety equipment (smoke detectors, extinguishers, etc); dismantling or otherwise interfering with exit signs; propping open or otherwise interfering with the intended smoke-barrier purpose of fire doors; blocking hallways or building exits; failure to evacuate according to designated procedures during a building alarm  and/or failure to follow instructions of College or fire safety personnel; false report of fire or other dangerous conditions (bomb threats, etc.); activating false alarms.

Prohibited items also include:

  • Hot plates, electric toaster ovens, toasters and crock pots & butane canisters
  • Open coil appliances
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets of any kind

Any incidence of fire regardless of how minor should be reported by activation of the fire alarm to Arizona Western College Police to respond the incident and for Dispatch to call for the Yuma Fire Department to respond to investigate and make sure there are no further safety concerns regarding the incident. If a fire alarm is activated, the Hall Director will be notified who will then notify Campus Life.  Campus Police at that time will notify the Fire Department and appropriate College personnel who will respond to assess the situation to determine if activation of the Emergency Response program is warranted.

Arizona Western College is a tobacco free campus with no smoking or use of any tobacco products anywhere on campus property.

Fire Safety Log
1-1-14 through 12-31-14
DeAnza Garces Kino
Date of Incident None Reported None Reported None Reported
Location of Fire      
Cause of fire      
Injuries requiring medical treatment      
Deaths related to fire incident      
Value of property damage caused by a fire      

Appendix A

Emergency Response Evacuation Plan for Residence Halls

Residence Hall

Fire Evacuation Procedures for Arizona Western College Staff

The purpose of this plan is to provide information that will save lives during an emergency event.  It is essential to the overall success of the response plan that everyone clearly understands the plan and what his or her responsibilities are within the action plan.

In case of fire

(Students should respond to the first sound of an alarm by evacuating the hall.  The procedures listed below are for responding Resident Life staff.)

An alarm will sound at the panel. This will be either a pull station or a smoke detector going into alarm. Arizona Western College Police Department is also receiving an alarm sound and has dispatched an officer to verify the situation. The desk assistant will immediately call Campus Police to confirm knowledge of the alarm and then notify Campus Life. Once on site, Arizona Western College Police Department will go to the troubled area to assess the situation.

If the situation proves to be a valid threat, the evacuation of the residence hall will continue.  The on duty Hall Director, Resident Assistant and Security Officer all have active roles in the evacuation.  

Arizona Western College Police Department along with the on duty Hall Director, Resident Assistant or Security Officer (most senior on site) will knock & walk to signal an emergency and evacuate the hall as long as it does not jeopardize their safety.  The on duty Hall Director is the primary person to knock & walk while the Resident Assistants are stationed on either the inside or outside the building to assist in directing students to the designated safety zone. If the situation warrants it and enough staff is on site then the Arizona Western College Police Department, Security Officer should be paired with a Hall Director or Resident Assistant.  After everyone is evacuated two Arizona Western College personnel (Police, Security Officer, Hall Director & Resident Assistant) will do a room check leaving the rooms secured. Anyone found not having evacuated will be documented for potential disciplinary action.

Arizona Western College Police Department and the most senior residence hall staff on site will work jointly in evacuating the hall.  

Arizona Western College Police Department has authority on the scene until the responding agency arrives then a joint Incident Command is established with the responding agency.

The Hall Director and Resident Assistants should be aware of any students with special needs or students and/or athletes with injuries that might require additional assistance.  This information should be given to Arizona Western College Police Department when the evacuation of the hall begins.
All students will proceed directly to the designated area once exiting the residence hall.  No one is to go anywhere until they have been accounted for with the appropriate person.

Students, at first notification to evacuate, should leave the building and go directly to the designated safety zone.   Students should not backtrack to their room to retrieve personal belongings.  Once an evacuation begins no students should be allowed back into the building and traffic flow within the building should only be in one direction which is to move towards all exterior doors.

Remember, in the event of a fire, smoke can be deadly.  If the hallway is filling up with smoke, drop and crawl as close to the floor as possible. In advance of an emergency, you should count the number of doors from your room to the stairway door.  If the hallway is filled with smoke you will not be able to tell one door from another.  If your path to an exit is blocked go back to your room or any closer room that is not locked.  If the hallway is filled with smoke it will be safer to stay in your room and signal for help instead of trying to maneuver through a smoky hall.  More people die from smoke than from the actual fire. Get inside and seal up the door with towels or clothing.  Hang something from the window to get attention. In the event of a fire, the fire departments primary responsibility is to check the rooms for people that were not able to get out.  If you have a signal at your window (write on the window, yell out the window or signal to someone outside) the Fire Department will immediately start a rescue. Do not break your window unless the room you are in is filling with smoke. The Fire Department will be provided a master key to assist them in getting into the rooms.

If a fire starts in a room or if someone notices smoke coming from a room they are to pull the fire alarm pull station in the hall and yell fire as they make their way to the exit.

Order to Evacuate

Once an evacuation begins, if your room keys are readily available take them with you; however, do not spend time looking for them.  Do not try to take any of your personal belongings.  Feel your door to make sure it is not hot.   If cool to the touch open the door and look to see if it is clear to move down the hallway.  Close your door behind you.  Proceed to the nearest exit.  If you find your exit is blocked proceed to another exit.  Once outside the building go to the designated area.  Do not attempt to reenter the building for any reason.  Do not prop open any door for any reason.

Once the responding agency is on site and makes a determination all is clear and it is safe to reenter the residence hall, the Hall Director & Resident Assistants will first enter the residence hall and relock all the rooms before students are allowed to reenter.  The Hall Director or Resident Assistant will let anyone who was not able to take their room keys with them back into their rooms.
The responsibilities of those involved in this process are as follows


Students will evacuate at the sound of an alarm. It is the responsibility of the students to know the exit locations of each building. They are to immediately exit the building, go to the designated safe zone, and make sure they have been accounted for then remain in that area for further instructions. Students are not to reenter the building for any reason until the building has been cleared and authorized personnel have given the order to renter the building.

Any student that interferes with the evacuation process will be documented for potential disciplinary action.

Hall Director

The Hall Director is the lead person in evacuating the halls along with Arizona Western College Police Department.  They will direct the Resident Assistants to perform tasks in the evacuation process.  The Hall Directors will team with appropriate residence hall personnel along with Arizona Western College Police Department to assist in a room check if necessary.  Once the hall has been cleared and is deemed safe to reenter, the Hall Directors & Resident Assistants will enter first and relock any unlocked rooms.  The Hall Director will give the students notice to reenter the building.

Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant can order the evacuation and knock and walk as long as it is safe to do so. Once the Hall Director or Arizona Western College Police arrives, Resident Assistants should be positioned inside or outside the building to direct evacuating students to the correct safe zone. If outside, the Resident Assistants should also scan the windows to see if anyone is trapped in a room and signaling for help. Once the hall has been evacuated, one Resident Assistant will take an account of the students at the safe zone and another if needed, will be paired up to assist in a room check if a room check is one is advisable.

Desk Assistant

The desk assistant should be familiar with the evacuation process in the event there are no other residence hall personnel in the hall or on campus.  The desk assistant will immediately call the Campus Life personnel to advise an alarm has sounded and wait for Arizona Western College Police unless the threat of danger is imminent.  Once an authorized person (Arizona Western College Police, Hall Director or Resident Assistant) arrives the desk worker will immediately proceed to the designated safe zone. Desk assistants may serve as a point of contact at the desk if deemed safe and appointed by an authorized person.  

Security Officer

The Security Officer should be familiar with the evacuation process in the event there are no other residence hall personnel in the hall or on campus.  The Security Officer can order an evacuation if the threat is immediate.  The Security Officer will pull an alarm to have the students start evacuating.  Once Arizona Western College Police or Hall Director is on scene they will take direction from them.


Arizona Western College Police will be dispatched to assess the situation.  Once on scene they will take command and determine the source of the alarm. Arizona Western College Police and the Hall Directors will work jointly to make sure everyone is out of the residence halls.  Arizona Western College Police will authorize the need for mutual aide and will meet with any responding agencies and brief them on the situation.  The responding agencies (Fire, Swat, Bomb Squad etc.) will assist in a joint command with Arizona Western College Police

Other Personnel

If Arizona Western College Police assesses the situation and deems there is a valid threat, the Emergency Procedures Program will be implemented for the corresponding type of threat.  Appropriate personnel will be notified of the situation and will respond on scene.





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