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University Police Department / Alert SJSU

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today is the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Please be assured that San José State's top priority is the safety of the university community. Extensive measures are in place to secure the campus -- measures that include building our sense of community and responsibility for the welfare of all students and employees, as well as comprehensive plans and procedures for responding to all disasters, both natural and manmade.

President Whitmore on patrol with UPD Sgt. Jenny Pak-Gaxiola
President Whitmore on patrol with UPD Sgt. Jenny Pak-Gaxiola. Photo: Robert Bain, SJSU Photographic Services.

What can you do to help? Experts say the most important thing we can do is care about the people around us. That means taking the time to really know and bond with one another, and to offer support in good times and bad. While we all can do this, there are times when professional assistance may be needed. Please remember the university offers free and confidential counseling to all students and employees.

What's the best way to stay informed during a campus emergency? Sign up for Alert-SJSU, a new system that will be used by the University Police Department to send urgent news on life-threatening events. Text, cell, e-mail and regular phone messages will go to all students and employees who have provided contact information. Registration is free and takes just a few minutes. To gain a broader perspective on UPD's role and responsibilities, President Whitmore recently accompanied a UPD officer on patrol.

"I had the privilege of having our new president, Jon Whitmore, on a ride-along with the University Police Department. He was keen on finding out what student life was like both on and off campus. We drove through the fraternity and sorority rows along 10th and 11th streets where many students live off campus. I also showed him the SJSU Aeronautical Facility at the Mineta San José International Airport. We drove by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and the downtown San José nightclub area. During the ride-along, he asked about our 9-1-1 phone system and emergency reporting procedures. We talked about disaster response and preparedness of the University Police Department. President Whitmore revealed that his interest in student life stems from his own experience as a parent of a son and daughter, students at the University of Iowa. This unique perspective allows him to be aware of the role and expectations of parents with respect to the college experience. I had a pleasant time with President Whitmore and I commend his initiative to learn and experience all that our university has to offer."

- Jenny Pak-Gaxiola, Patrol Sergeant, University Police Department