Role of Campus Police
Parking ticket, speeding ticket, moving violation? Campus police are here for more than that tickets. They are here to keep us safe during our college years. Director of Public Safety and Chief of University Police James Adams talked with some of us about the importance of communication if you have a run-in with police.
During a traffic stop, “Remain calm and follow directives,” he said. “Keep your hands on the steering wheel or visible. Avoid being confrontational. If you feel the officer is acting inappropriately, this should be brought to the attention of the police department’s administration AFTER the incident is over. We have a complaint form on our website.”
As a student, sometime parking on campus can be frustrating, especially the lots by the library and the University Center. But there’s a few things you can do to quell your frustration.
“Planning ahead and arriving early is always a good course of action,” Adams said. “Every campus complains there are parking problems. ASU actually has decent parking when compared to other schools. Many times perception becomes reality.”
Angelo State’s UPD also has a campus safety app for our smartphones. The LifeLine app is effective for all students walking campus late at night.
“LifeLine Response Enterprise is a personal safety mobile app for iPhone and Android devices,” Adams said. “The app is offered free to full-time ASU students, faculty and staff.”
“Many campuses utilize emergency phones for additional safety and sense of security,” Adams said. “We have had emergency phones since early 2000 and they have been expanded as needs arise. As technology grows, we suspect other forms of communication may become the norm.”
All students should familiarize themselves with the ASU Police webpage, and we recommend you add the numbers into your phones because you never know when an emergency will happen.
“UPD are certified Texas peace officers and have the same training and authority as any other Texas peace officer,” Adams said. “ASU Police are committed to serving our community and making Angelo State a great place to learn, live and work.”
I would like to thank Officer Adams for working with us to provide students with information about the police services here at Angelo State.