The State of California is vast and diverse; the most populous state in the country. As the 8th largest economy in the world, California educates more college students than any other state in the nation and most countries. California’s public and private postsecondary institutions educate 2.7 million students each year, from diverse backgrounds and who come from all over the world to learn in renowned colleges and universities.
CALCASA has worked together with educational institutions for many years through our Campus Program to promote and assist in establishing effective public safety services. We believe the Golden State’s colleges should stand out amongst the crowd and lead the nation in making our college campuses safe for students, faculty, and the surrounding communities.
We know rates of violence are highest among students between the ages of 18- and 24-years-old, the median college-going age. We know college campuses receiving federal student aid must disclose their crime statistics to the public on their website and to the federal Department of Justice. We know more can be done by campuses and policy makers to improve and promote public safety programs and community partnerships to help keep our students safe from violent crime. That is why CALCASA is proud to work with policy makers to introduce and pass Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 17 that would declare March 2011 as California Campus Safety Month and encourage all private and public institutions to work with students, administrators, faculty, and community advocates to promote public safety.
Simply put, no one institution can stop campus violence alone. These partnerships are essential to keeping students safe. As a public safety leader in the state, CALCASA will continue to encourage partnerships between campuses, state agencies, policy makers, and victim advocates.
If you have any questions about how to get involved in Campus Safety Month or how to work with your local educational institution, please contact email@example.com.