“Among its proposed changes was the decrease in reliance upon armed officers, particularly in student-centered areas of the community.”
Re-imagining safety is progressive speak for getting rid of police. It’s just a softer way of phrasing it.
Campus Reform reports:
Fewer officers and more experts? ‘Re-imagining’ of campus safety is underway at Stanford.
Stanford University’s “Community Board on Public Safety” released its first set of campus safety reform recommendations, which if enacted would limit the use of armed personnel to emergency situations.
The board recently suggested that the university create “two units” of campus police officers, sworn police officers, and non-sworn police officers.
Sworn police officers, as recommended by the report, would only respond be activated when a “emergency response unit” is needed, and would handle “threats of violence, significant property damage on campus, calls for service for a felony (or other comparable situations).”
The sworn officers would also respond to situations where “only a sworn officer is legally required to handle a situation.”
For “all other situations,” the board states that an “enhanced cadre” of non-sworn officers would act as the first responders, but will have sworn officers ready for “back-up” if needed.
The body was officially sanctioned by Stanford’s Office of the President and announced following the death of George Floyd. Its mission concerns “identifying and making recommendations to improve public safety at Stanford, and the subjective sense of safety among students, staff, and faculty.”
According to its first official report on July 12, the Board has “informally characterized its work as ‘re-imagining’ public safety.” Among its proposed changes was the decrease in reliance upon armed officers, particularly in student-centered areas of the community. In return, the board suggested adopting a “deployment policing model” for armed police — for example, through an emergency response unit.
On the weekends and other high-traffic events, the board states that “hybrid deployments” of sworn and non-sworn officers would be acceptable as well.
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