Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
Each year, the campus safety department at Pierce College releases official security reports to the public. The reports include information about the campus safety department, reporting a crime, crime statistics, sex offender notifications and safety procedures and programs.
One report is released for the Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses, while another is released for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord campus.
According to the report, there were two motor vehicle thefts and and one arson at the Puyallup campus in 2014. There were also two drug law arrests and one robbery at an adjacent public property, Bradley Lake Park.
Based on the report, there seems to have been a decrease in overall criminal activity at the Puyallup campus.
In 2013, there were five motor vehicle thefts and four incidents of stalking at the Puyallup campus, along with seven liquor law arrests, one robbery and one incident of arson at Bradley Lake Park.
The report states, “Pierce College encourages (people) to immediately report any incidents on campus that may constitute a crime, student code of conduct violation, physical injury or an emergency – including threats, harassment or family violence, so they may be dealt with in a timely and consistent manner.”
If anyone on campus suspects suspicious activity, they can report the crime or activity to campus safety by alerting a campus safety officer. To report a crime that is not in progress, people can notify the Dean of Student Success, Agnes Steward, or the Student Services Director, Sean Cooke, at the Puyallup campus.
Students, staff and visitors can also access public crime logs for more information about crime on campus. Located on the door to the campus safety office, a daily crime log for the past 60 days is open to the public and can be accessed at any time.
The crime log at the Puyallup campus contains information about reported crimes at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.
In the event of an immediate threat, students, staff and visitors can dial 911 and then report the incident to campus safety.
The report also states that crimes not reported to campus safety will not be included in the Pierce College crime statistics and annual security report.
Moreover, the local police departments, if contacted about criminal activity involving Pierce students off-campus, are not required to notify campus safety.
For example, if someone suspected a student robbed an individual across the street from the Puyallup campus, the Puyallup Police Department is not legally obligated to notify campus safety.
For more information about the annual security report, people can visit the campus safety homepage from Pierce College’s website and click “Annual Security Report.”
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