CSU, Chico News

Event Emphasizes Campus Community’s Role in Public Safety

Date: 09-27-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The value of community policing and multiple partners working together for public safety will be themes of California State University, Chico’s first Campus Community Night Out on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The event, open to students, faculty and staff as well as their families, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the Glenn Hall lawn area on the CSU, Chico campus. Attendees can expect free food, fun for children and prizes to be given away.

The event is patterned after National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which is held in cities throughout the U.S. in August.

"This event will provide all of those who attend with a great sense of connectedness and an opportunity to take an active role in the overall safety of the Chico State campus community," said University Police Chief John Feeney.

The Chico Police Department and Fire Department will have informational tables and demonstrate equipment. Chico Police will also show a live display of the safety cameras recently mounted on the bike path near the Chico State campus.

The Chico Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Chico Business Association, Jesus Center, Torres Community Shelter and other community groups will have table displays.

Campus organizations including the Campus Alcohol & Drug Education Center and Community Action Volunteers in Education will be represented at the event, as will assistance organization Safe Place and other groups that provide services. Feeney said the University Police’s table will also include a Rape Aggression Defense display.

A free raffle will be held with the grand prize of a new bicycle. Hot dogs, chips, soda and water will be provided as well as an ice cream cart from Shubert's. Face painting for children will also be available.

Feeney will speak about community policing and what people can do to become involved. In addition, CSU, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson plans to give brief remarks about the importance of having a safe campus community.