2021 Campus Safety Survey Recommendations
June 10, 2021
President Murray and Chancellor Yeigh:
This recommendation of the Advisory Council on Campus Safety (ACCS) with regards to the campus contract with Bothell Police Department for a Campus Resource Officer (CRO) comes from careful consideration of a campus survey and comments received by the ACCS at two listening sessions.
This is a complex question for the campus at an important time when our nation is reviewing and questioning the relationship of policing to the safety of our communities. The responses received through the survey and listening sessions were multifaceted and reflected the range of thoughts and opinions of those of the national conversation on policing and safety. The Council acknowledges the limitations of the survey and the listening sessions but felt that enough feedback was provided to provide a recommendation.
Community Sense of Safety
On the question of whether or not members of campus feel safe, the survey’s quantitative results shows that the majority of respondents feel safer on campus with a CRO. The Council acknowledges and honors that some demographic groups do not feel safe on campus. Responses from the listening sessions and qualitative responses to the survey were generally opposed to an armed officer on campus, and showed the intensity that many members of our community felt on the question. These qualitative responses included appreciation of the status quo but also provided examples of negative interactions with police as well as feelings that a police presence makes respondents feel less safe.
Alternatives, funding and oversight
Three themes arose out of the listening sessions and qualitative survey responses. The first theme is a call for campus leadership to consider alternative solutions to complement or replace the CRO with more inclusive, less violent and more cost effective means to address campus safety. Respondents expressed that an armed police officer was unnecessary for most of the safety calls that occurred on campus and called for alternative solutions to address the needs of campus.
The second theme is a call to review the cost of funding of the CRO. The Council recommends a holistic review of campus needs to decide if funds would be better used for additional resources such as additional mental health counselors, training to respond to an active shooter situation or additional funds for the Diversity Center to support all members of our community.
The third theme was a call for community oversight of campus safety focused on equity and inclusion whether or not the CRO program continues. This oversight body could be a body similar to the ACCS but should be more representative of the constituents of the Bothell Campus.
The Council recommends that the President and Chancellor’s Offices continue exploring a campus safety solution that meets the needs of all members of campus and reflects the campus’s values. The Council’s specific recommendations are as follows:
- Temporarily continue the contract with Bothell PD.
- Convene a representative body to explore the question of alternatives to campus safety to an armed police officer to complement or replace the CRO that is equitable, inclusive and addresses the concerns of all members of our community.
- Review funding of the CRO contract and compare to needs in other campus services that will promote safety.
- Create a representative oversight board to oversee Campus Safety and CRO, if the program continues.
In closing, we would like to thank the members of the Advisory Council on Campus Safety for their hard work and dedication to ensuring that the multiple perspectives on campus were heard and considered in developing these recommendations.
Survey Results Summary
Overall, how safe do you feel while on campus?
Does having Campus Safety Officers (unarmed) make you feel more or less safe while on campus?
|A lot more safe
|A lot less safe
Does having a Bothell Police Campus Resource Officer (armed) assigned to the campus make you feel more or less safe while on campus?
|A lot more safe
|A lot less safe
UW Bothell/Cascadia College has a contract with Bothell Police Department to provide a dedicated police officer to the campus. Would continuing that contract make you feel more or less safe while on campus?
|A lot more safe
|A lot less safe
Survey Respondent Data
Primary Institutional Affiliation
Primary Role on Campus
|Prefer to self-describe
|Prefer not to say
|American Indian or Native Alaskan
|Black or African American
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
|White or of European Descent
|Some other race
|Prefer not to say
A few of the responses to the questions below have been edited or removed in order to protect the anonymity of the respondents.
Q5 - What additional resources might make you feel safer when you’re on campus?
More BIPOC staff and faculty
More mental health resources.
A place to go, to be anonymous, to seek help to report or seek help for assault, bullying, harassment report for personal crimes.
More police presence, more emergency phones, safety officer or police officer escorts to vehicles after dark - including weekends. This conversation should not be about "feeling" safe. It should be about being safe. There is a direct correlation between reducing police presence and increasing crime.
Better lighting after dark near garages
A dedicated nurse or Emergency Medical Responder (preferably an EMT-Paramedic) to assist in medical emergencies, minor injuries, sudden illnesses. Additional staffing and resources dedicated to the Counseling Center to support the growing demand on mental health services. Mental Health First Aid training for all UWB and CC staff and faculty so that we can provide additional support to the Counseling Center as having a foundation in trauma care and better support students in crisis. A safety escort for walking to parking garage when it is dark. Perhaps a shuttle bus for people who park in downtown Bothell as I am considering parking in the free downtown parking lot.
Safety surveys that are not so leading. Town Halls with participation as opposed to the self congratulatory webinar that was put on. Faith in Campus Safety Officers being willing to wear a mask when indoors (not all, but they know who they are.) The knowledge that the voices of people who are disproportionately impacted by police violence are heard. The faith that if BPD were needed in the event of a mass emergency, they would show up ASAP regardless of any additional money we give them. They are a mile away, there would be no excuse not to even if they had to let someone who had been suspected of committing a minor non-violent offense go.
A civilian social worker to respond to mental health crisis.
more emergency call boxes, lighting at night, and security escorts to walk you to your car after hours
I think providing more questionnaires like this one makes it easier to communicate students needs or wants from admin.
Have an open house during normal school hours where first responders might mingle with the student/faculty/staff at Bothell.
Well-lit areas when it's dark, surveillance cameras, educational trainings for students/staff/faculty, limiting keycard access to buildings
Knowing the training that these folks receive would help too. And knowing it is ongoing and part of the job expectations. Having a diverse safety officer group. Having someone that is similar to you in a tense situation can help with communication. Having campus safety involved in the community and interacting with people. Having students/faculty get to know these people as more than just authority enforcement figures would go a long way.
More LGBTQIA+ student resources
Regular testing of all students, faculty, and staff for Covid. Parking garage attendant after dusk.
The campus has spent some funding on facilities/infrastructure in past years (i.e. lighting the crosswalks) that I think address most of my largest concerns. I do feel like the parking lots either need more lighting or more monitoring overall, I don't always feel comfortable in the lower levels on dark/rainy evenings when visibility isn't great.
Having regular town halls with our campus safety officers to discuss the resources we currently have as well as campus needs is vital. We have great officers who all seem to want to do their best but I understand that we dont all agree on what is needed. Face to face communication and events would help ease tensions in my opinion. When faced with people who have been conditioned to fear officers, community engagement is helpful.
Need someone who is trained in de-escalation, threat assessment, and knows how to handle mental health crisis. Able to assist with hospitalization in a sensitive way.
An unarmed Campus Safety unit in principle makes me feel a bit safer, but I don't think our current Campus Safety unit as currently implemented is effective or useful. I don't know what they actually do besides lock doors and walk around campus. My understanding is that they are no longer 24/7, and that they generally call Bothell PD for all issues anyway. What service do they actually provide (assuming normal on-site operations of course)? I'd rather switch to a different model (see response below), give the door locking responsibility to Facilities Services, and abolish Campus Safety as a department if they won't improve their level of service.
Having security resources to walk you to your car at night, help with jumpstarting your car, or flat tire. Basically having someone assist you on campus when accidents come up. These aspects provide daily help to students instead of only waiting to respond to an incident that already took place.
Guidance for field safety for marginalized students (see Nature "Racism and harassment are common in field research — scientists are speaking up" Aug 2020 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02328-y)
able to call campus officer to help walk to car if needed as an Asian American student I'm very concerned about the recent stabbing on campus
Mental health trained officers to deal with in person volatile circumstances, escort services for after hours, campus safety to have de-escalation training, bias training
I would like Bothell to have the same sort of campus PD as the Seattle campus. I think that all of our campus safety officers should be commissioned police officers. I also understand that for other members of our community having PD on campus would make them feel more unsafe. I understand others perspective and as is being discussed nation wide I think that reimagining how current law enforcement agencies operate is necessary. I think that having more social workers, licensed mental health counsellors, psychologists etc working on campus and within law enforcement agencies as first responders and in the broader community to support people who are in crisis will make us safer. I think stricter regulations about spreading misinformation would make us safer.
Using our phones as a means of alerting campus safety of a threat is tricky. I would feel much safer if silent alarm buttons could be installed somewhere in units/departments and we could discreetly alert our front desks (codes words) to press that button. For some, staff/faculty should have these buttons hidden in their work stations.
I would like to see Campus Resource Officers provide services such as workshops, self-defense training, and be more embedded into the campus culture/climate. At my previous institutions PD/CROs provided programming (CPR, Self-Defense, Day in the Life of an Officer, etc.). I could name my campus police officers by name but at UWB I don't know any of the CROs names. Creating opportunity for interactions with PD/CROs will potentially make the campus community feel more positive about PD/CROs.
>I would suggest adding the resource of a silent alarm system all around campus (or adding this resource to the MyUW app) for when someone needs to call for help but is not in the position to do so. >More lighting during the wintertime; as a female, it can get a little scary walking alone to the bus stop or the parking lot in the dark.
phone communication lines to campus police in case of emergency (sometimes we don't have a cell phone in our pocket)
Campus-wide active shooter training; having fewer racists/white nationalists on campus; really considering the layout of offices...for example the office I work in has one entrance/exit, and zero places to hide in the event of an active shooter...having an additional exit would be great.
Security cameras on the outside of buildings, more emergency call boxes, more lighting during the evening hours.
Not wearing masks, not having thermometer guns pointed at my head
Presence of an onsite officer in their office during the day.
Additional armed resource offices.
Our office is off campus, so I like that the campus safety officers make rounds throughout campus. Please keep doing taht.
drop in mental health counseling for all (students, staff and faculty)
Campus wide office with trained individuals on violence de-escalation, mental health evaluation, negotiation, non-reactionary violent interventions
Round up every handgun and firearm in the US and melt them down. But seriously, a faster and more rigorous process that expels students who have threatened or espoused violence on campus and within their social media accounts. Some form of panic button in classrooms and public spaces. We have fire alarms, why not active shooter/assault alarms?
First responders other than police officers present on campus
If there were emergency posts all around campus. These posts woudl have an emergency button so that if we were in trouble we would press the button and the campus police would show up.
More police officers and security
More Trauma kits on Campus, two is not enough for 100's of people!
There needs to be Cameras in the Garages, around campus, and Major entry points on Campus. There also needs to be more Security presents all day not just when nobody is around. Need more security help boxes around campus.
Mutual aid and community resources
Campus safety officers that are well trained in de-escalation especially in mental health and drug issues.
Giving more training to our Campus Security team and support for those who feel unsafe on campus.
I would feel safer with confidential crisis counselors who can be dispatched around campus or see students for appointments that same day. These would be best to respond to students in crises so that no harm to themselves or others occurs and the student can access the support they need at that moment and be connected to resources to support them after. I want the resources available to students to reflect that their safety matters not just on campus but wherever they go. Students need resources that will support their roles in the broader systems of community safety that we are a part of. This includes classes and workshops that allow students to understand their behavior and identify areas of growth. Self-defense classes and bystander intervention training put the onus of safety on an individual, but this will not prevent violence from occurring. Resources to be considered must include counselors, mentors, and advisors that are trauma-informed and able to support students in their role as UWB community members and members of our broader communities off-campus. I would feel safer on campus if my peers were more aware of their relationships with power, violence, and community. It would make me feel safer if we relied on our community to build and maintain safety for all. I do not feel safe with an outsider police officer who is not a peer or trusted community member.
Having an EMT on campus for health emergencies and continued night time escorts
There was a stabbibg outside Beardslee crossing villas. We need an armed officer to nake sure this does not happen on campus.
I'm not sure if we do or don't have this. It would be nice if instructors/professors had the ability to lock the classroom doors if there was ever a time when we needed to lock down.
- additional resources directed towards prevention. Our Violence Prevention office should be more fully supported with more staff to devote to campus prevention measures - a threat assessment professional - training for faculty and staff to recognize signs of crisis and distress and an appropriate toolkit for interventions and/or referrals - additional mental health and substance abuse services on campus. I know our counseling office is beyond capacity
a real partnership, with police and paramedics on campus all the time
More police presence in general, especially including police in community outreach and teaching
More lighting at night especially after teaching a night class and walking to the garages.
retrofit spaces that have doors to have ability to lock w/o a key during an emergency.
more police officers and paramedics on campus as a part of our community and the town-gown connection (not on our payroll)
Counseling services for students that are free and accessible. Earthquake and disaster preparedness drills.
I can't think of any resources, as there are already a great amount provided!
I think diversity training for students as well as sexual assault training ( how not to do it, how to recognize it, and what to do if it happens) should be required of all students on campus.
Our community is growing, I think another BPD officer could be useful.
I personally have never been to campus so I don’t have much of an opinion but the things listed up above sound like great ways to keep us safer.
All the campus safety officers I've talked to are friendly and seem to know and care about our community, from the director on down to the person answering the phones. They're always able to answer questions, for me and for my students. I've also called them when I was there very late and didn't feel safe walking to my car alone, which I'm really grateful they help with. I like that they are there on call 24 hours a day, and doing patrols of campus.
Mental health officer, unarmed campus police which have to go under diversity training and learn to not hold biases
Better access to mental health services
On staff EMT Mental health professionals that can respond and de-escalate conflict Having a resource to call 24/7 including on the weekends, that can leave their desk, walk me to my car or respond to needs in housing Clear floor wardens for evacuations
More emergency buttons around campus.
Clear actions being taken to protect students from potential violence, and making resources available for students to have safe spaces.
An on campus medic would make me feel safe!
Seeing the Bothell Police officer around campus more.
staff members who can walk students to their cars after dark
More unarmed officers, no armed Bothell Police Officers at all - period.
Security in parking areas or most parts of campus, especially during the evening.
Trained unarmed officers who are able to deal with situations without using their gun or violence first. Most situations don't need a gun to resolve it
Obvious CCTV to scare away shadowy people. A lot more police to intimidate criminal people. Police dogs to sniff out drug people. Metal detectors like in NY to scan for gang people. More panic buttons for anxious people. Rage Release Room for angry people like in Japan. Free earplugs to protect ears from stupid people.
The ability to have someone walk me to my car safely if I have to take night classes.
social work staff to help community members in distress more mental health counseling
Security cameras across the campus
People trained to de-escalate situation, nurse/medic
Bothell PD Campus Officer and Campus Safety officers are all inappropriate individuals to respond to most calls/incidents on campus. UWB needs to use other resources for responding to most calls including mental health workers and EMT as many cities and college campuses are already using.
Trainings for what to do as a bystander. What are our rights? How can we help security? How can we help the person(s) in question?
Mental Health Professional and Increased Fresh Produce at the Kodiak Cave
Health cebter for students to go to if they aren't feeling well and cannot immediately go home. Ie if they have a migraine and need a place to rest.
The time where I feel least safe is always walking to my car in the garage. If there was a better option for people to be escorted to their vehicles (especially in groups) I think that would be great.
Better lighting along the east side of CC1&2. Leaving the center doors and walking to the cross walk to the north garage is pretty dark.
Nothing, I already feel pretty safe.
Having resources for mental health services. International Students don’t have access to in person counseling. Having more spaces that are welcoming. Like expanding fund toward DC and not just having three people in charge of creating a safe space for a 6000 student campus for more than 60 percent BIPOC. Adding resources to support and retain BIPOC(Black, Indigenous, People of color) people.
Civilian and employee volunteer training for live shooter incidents.
Does the campus still have panic buttons in various places? Does everyone on campus know how to use the "blue phones?" Once we are back to campus, I hope Campus Safety will continue their "donuts and dialog" series. Perhaps a session on various ways to feel safe on campus (such a panic buttons, blue phones, etc) could be discussed. Perhaps the team could be more proactive about reaching out to schools/departments to discuss ways in which those in the department could enhance their knowledge about how to stay safe on campus. It is a VERY safe campus, but we all know any member of the public can come to campus, so it is good to be even more prepared.
I'm sorry, but I think these are the wrong questions to ask. My personal "feelings" of safety shouldn't be a data point for how we manage safety on campus. We need longitudinal data for our campus (actual events), research (can you share out your literature review and environmental scan?), and open discussions of alternatives to a model that is inclusive only of Campus Safety Officers and BPD. We need to hear from our BIPOC and LGBTQ students and colleagues. I'm still frustrated by the "Town Hall" and how biased it was toward our current model. How the "Re-imagining Proposal" was mentioned but not shared, and misrepresented as an add on, which it is not. Was this intentional? How zero actual data was shared. And how the work of our students was not brought forward. I'm actually shocked that we would not take an evidence-based approach to this important work. I'm also deeply disappointed that there doesn't seem to be any acknowledgement of the complexity and seriousness of this issue, even as it unfolds on a daily basis in our local and national news. There are examples of alternatives to policing nationally and locally, why is it that the Advisory Council and Campus Safety aren't open to this? Why can't we bring forward individuals with professional expertise in threat assessment, violence prevention, and mental health? Shouldn't this be a collaborative effort? This feels like a major missed opportunity.
Various safety awareness trainings are always a good resource for feeling safe on campus.
I'd feel better not having Bothell PD on campus, but I feel pretty safe already so I think it's more important to attend to the experiences and preferences of individuals and groups that do not feel safe. I'd feel more safe if I knew our campus safety officers had solid de-escalation training. They might already be competent in those skills, I don't know, but if I felt confident campus safety officers could de-escalate a situation that might grow dangerous, I'd feel more supported.
Public forums for when hiring new officers Community activities to help the community to connect with the officers Department updates like the ones we have for each area once a quarter. Diverse staff Hire more officers, we have very limited officers and very limited rounds on campus, sometimes we have only ONE officer to guard the entire campus
De-escalation and other restorative strategies training for campus safety staff. Regular ways and trainings for students, staff and faculty to know and understand emergency procedures for scary emergencies like shootings and environmental incidents, but also to understand and get to know our safety team.
This is not a reflection on most of the individual officers, but Campus safety as a unit does not seem to be responsive or effective in dealing with other departments. There have been a number of situations where they seem defensive, stubborn about their way of doing things, and not good at listening and working flexibly in terms of working with students and departmental staff to develop a good rapport. For example in trying to establish effective closing procedures, clearing buildings, lost and found, etc. most of the officers are individually considerate and approachable, but at least one is a cranky asshole. I suspect you know who I mean.
Surveys with less leading questions. Town halls that encourage real time community participation. Video of town halls conducted online available before the survey comes out asking about the town hall topics.
Ways of assistance that the police does not handle
Student-based trainings, more resources in Diversity Center and investments in student leadership and support for campus faculty and staff to learn bystander-based protection initiatives.
Am good now -- like the BPD resource officer... also appreciate the campus security staff who walk around a lot -- and I like the blue light phones too
Enforcing drug use spots, an assurance that there will be fairer justice at Cascadia than other schools (no kangaroo courts)
None that I can think of.
I feel very safe on campus, no additional resources
more mental health counselors
investing in mental health
More police, one is not enough for multiple buildings. School campus, out of the places I spend my time, is the number one place where I fear for my safety, but having police presence makes me feel better. Taking armed security/police from campus would make me feel extremely unsafe. They are the only thing that makes me feel a bit more safe on campus, knowing they are there to protect us.
I think there are already cameras in the parking garages, but if not, adding cameras in the covered and far away parking spaces would make me feel safer.
More accessible mental health support and easier process to seek counseling on campus.
Its not about resources for me necessarily. Its about the bigger picture of feeling welcome and like I have a place on campus and I belong. It's about shifting the culture around what means safety for some groups which could be the complete opposite for other groups.
More security in parking lots, especially when not many people are on-campus or during classes when there's not a lot of people in the parking lots.
I would like a dedicated police office to be on campus to liaison with the Bothell Police Department; but I would feel safer if the officer were unarmed.
Better lighting during the evening and more phones to place emergency calls as needed. Also more visibility of officers patrolling the campus.
A community safety team with resources to easily access a local social worker/ navigator. Bothell police have a proven track record of not being able to de-escalate situations, especially in cases when someone is suffering from a mental health crisis. Bothell Police also has an officer on the street right now that killed a young BIPOC man before the county investigation was completed. That same officer is responsible for the firearm training of BPD. I don't feel safe around police officers at all.
visible security personnel
Never have I ever felt very relatable to the recent meme from Oprah’s interview: “Were you silent or were you silenced?” until I attended Campus Safety Town Hall last Tuesday to discuss the relationship and continuing contract with Bothell Police Department. I was met with a disabled chat section and was also disappointed with the missing presence of student representatives on this committee. In addition to that, I was informed that the committee would not take any questions during the session. Rather than having an open-heart conversation with students, the Town Hall was more of a presentation with one sided opinion. This Town Hall was a good opportunity to build relationships with students in a time when trust is strained between law enforcement and the community they serve, however, as a student, I felt silent and silenced. In 2011, a University of California Davis police officer was caught on film pepper-spraying a row of passive, seated students participating in an Occupy Wall Street protest. In 2018, a Black student was racially profiled on the campus of More Smith College in Massachusetts and the police said to the student that she seemed "out of place." These incidents make me question the role of campus officers and how their presence on campus would make my fellow students feel. It is true that those incidents did not occur at Cascadia College, but they happened. I wish to prevent any chances for one of my schoolmates, classmates, or a friend with who I share a table to be put through such a traumatizing and humiliating experience. What happened at the Town Hall is not acceptable, disappointing, and should not happen again. We must not forget, if there were the presence of police on campus, it is to provide safety for students, therefore, students must have their opinions heard loudly and clearly. And my opinion is I do not feel safe with an armed officer on my campus.
Lock down the breakroom in CC1. I have been accosted by non-employees in that room. We should all be carrying our IDs. Please, lock it down!
An officer directly employed by the school, non-union, and directly fireable without cause. I say without cause because cops fire their weapons without cause daily. If any report of the officer making student/faculty fear for their lives they should be fired immediately. Treat them like the employees they are, not the heroes they play pretend as.
More resources for mental health support in general, better lighting on the NE side of campus
The first time I was on campus was during the Pandemic and I noticed that there was almost no one on campus. Something that would make me feel safer is if there were more people around.
Buttons to press for an emergency scattered around campus. WSU has these and is promised a 2 minute response time
video surveillance by Campus Safety
As many armed cops as possible to prevent mass shootings. We should have one cop per building.
I believe campus-security should be handled by private contractors with student involvement. We do not need "reinforcement" mentality. We need security assurance experts who understand the diverse concerns on our campus. On campus, I make vigorous calls to the campus police when arriving at night or during lock-down hours more out of fear that if they find me suspicious, I might get seriously hurt without a warning. We do not need individuals who feel entitled to overpower students, faculty, staff or anybody on campus. We only need security and situation experts who sincerely wish for our safety with dignity.
Armed officers are the resource that make me feel most safe on campus. More than one is preferred.
increase in mental health support access to de-escalation training for staff, faculty & students
Emergency response counseling services and other first responder agencies are more critical.
money to focus on the different models of campus safety that i've listed below
better lighting on the promenade between the library and CC1 better signage and ground markings for drivers especially for one-way roads security cameras in the parking areas and walk ways security escorts by request presence of campus security by cross walks during busy hours especially in the area where the food trucks sit
-On call mental health personnel who can respond to crisis in place of police. -More community resources (funds, housing, food, etc.) to support students when hardship arises. -Restorative/transformative justice practices incorporated across campus.
An approach that considers mental health, well-being, and a variety of socioeconomic factors influencing people's various identities when responding to incidents. It would be great to have capacity for physical and/or mental health professionals to respond to situations rather than Campus Safety officers. Further emphasis on resources such as SafeCampus's violence prevention program. Also, deescalation trainings for people in all public services to reduce the risk of incidents, and preemptive care for people experiencing crises.
We need armed police, what would happen if there would be a school shooter? Who is armed on campus to stop them?
Hire another security officer instead of a cop.
I think having access to phone numbers to mental health and social workers who I can call instead of calling the police would be most helpful
Big university campuses need a police officer on duty at all time, but small campuses like our own do not need a police officer. There shud be a quick way to contact campus safety officers from our cellular devices.
I am uncertain about the training required for campus police to respond to incidents where mental health providers may prove a better choice. Also - gender-based violence, sexual assault, and race - related violence responders should be trained professionals in those areas as well! Armed police forces do not solve problems. Healthy communities thrive without policing.
Better access to mental health services and psychiatrists who can prescribe medication for ALL students. A ban of guns on campus for all, including officers. Utilizing police as the last form of response rather than the first in cases such as mental health crises and sexual assault. Knowing that BIPOC individuals feel safe on campus will make me feel safe. Knowing I am safe as a trans person would make me feel safe.
Closer parking for swing & night shift workers
More safety related trainings for staff.
A second police officer would be good to cover more time.
Security cameras pointing towards hot spots for crime, such as the bike tent at Husky Village, which I was not comfortable using due to a history of theft.
Continue cutting down the large bushes that obstruct our view in the parking lots. Sometimes it is really bushy!
Campus Safety officers who are fit, responsive, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, willing to work and respond to issues on campus and part of the campus community. I don't need more resources, I need the existing resources to be better. I do not have any confidence in the current staff in campus safety and as such, until that problem is fixed the issue of having a contract with Bothell PD is not the appropriate question.
Potentially more lightning and campus security presence during all hours.
I don't know. As a woman, I am never going to feel "very safe" on campus, particularly being on campus during "off-hours".
I would feel good having both armed and unarmed security on campus.
Having the campus security continue to do their rounds around campus.
Students seem to feel safe. Should the question should be the money spent for a police person with a gun. The regular police seem to be nearby and the money spent on an armed officer can be better spent supporting students instead of focusing on the unlikely event that requires someone to use police methods to be here. Do other places use an armed person, if they don't, are they less safe?
Security checks to access the buildings.
Better lighting in garages
I would feel safer working on campus, if Campus Safety officers (unarmed) consistently introduced themselves or checked in with staff as a courtesy when entering a public or student service space, such as the ARC, the library, Husky Hall, etc. I don’t need specific details of what CS officers are responding to, but knowing that they’re in a building would go along way in managing questions from the public and students and not being taken by surprise.
Knowing that police on campus receive helpful equity, diversity, and power training so that they do not scare or cause harm to students on campus, even if accidently.
Additional information about how we can lock down classrooms in the event of a campus shooter. Ensuring that doors open properly and can be locked from the inside so we can protect our students if we are in class.
Keeping our resource police officer will make everyone feel safer. In case there is an armed threat on campus. We have a quick response instead of waiting for a call to get an officer to be dispatched.
Better lighting when leaving CC1 to walk to the North garage It is really dark especially during late fall and winter in the evenings. It can be scary walking out to my vehicle at night. We need panic buttons thorough out the buildings and in classrooms. We also need ways to safely lock the doors from inside classrooms.
More trained armed offices.
Additional armed resource offices.
Seeing people getting speeding/traffice violation tickets. I have almost been hit a couple of times crossing intersection at the top of the campus where people run the stop sign, and speed up and down that street behind Discovery Hall.
security cameras in parking garage.
I understand that Cascadia is no longer patrolled at night. Before the pandemic, I would occasionally take the bus into Seattle for dinner and then back at night to get my car. If I were to do that now I would be a little uneasy if the Cascadia side of campus isn't being patrolled.
It's good to see people around even when campus is in its quiet periods. I think I heard that the resource officer only patrols at Cascadia during business hours, yet staff and faculty do often come in at other times.
Having campus safety and Police officers be present at different meetings and continue to introduce them to incoming freshman and new faculty and staff is always great. People can get to know them and realize they are a resource for all of us.
Knowing that I can ask a police officer to to walk to my car with me when it is night makes me feel more sade.
More counseling available for students in distress. Counseling available for staff. More monitoring by Campus Safety Officers of the bus stop. When residence halls open, have two Campus Safety Officers stationed inside the residence halls.
Giving students the proper space to express how they feel about the school's relationship with Bothell PD as some of us especially students of color have expressed concern over having Bothell PD on campus yet there has been little work to be done that allows the students to strengthen and repair said relationship or it has been glossed over and any student input was removed. There have been many instances where the Bothell PD have stereotyped and made students feel targeted and no amount of diversity or bias training can make that simply go away. It is understandable to have police nearby incase of emergency but the Bothell PD is literally less than 5 minutes away from campus their presence here everyday is just not needed and Bothell is a relatively safe city.
More available mental health counseling, violence prevention, and CARE team.
Having more mental health resources and officers trained in non-violent deescalation (unarmed).
Mental health counselors to respond to students of concern. Having an officer respond when there is a student disruption in the classroom does nothing but escalate the situation.
responsive personnel. I often feel like I can't find anyone official who can help. Not students or faculty or staff, but like a point person who is visible. The help desk is sparsely populated and Kodiak Corner's doors were closed during hours I'd expect it to be open.
More panic buttons, more automatic door locking mechanisms
Students and faculty having more say in matters of their safety. Not immediately resorting to arrest and prosecution in matters of theft, trespassing, etc. Having someone who responds to safety concerns who is not a police officer. Using the funding that would go to hiring a police officer to directly support BIPOC student needs.
Enforce the speed limit through campus. I see many extreme speeders go through.
Mental health support and crisis center.
Better lighting; better communication with students, staff, and faculty; greater support for students, staff, and faculty of color.
cameras in the parking garages to deter theft from/of vehicles
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Keeping campus safety walking you to your car as a continous thing.
National and state law that reduces gun ownership overall. More centralization on buildings so approach and entry to buildings like Husky Hall and Beardsley don't feel so isolated at late/early hours.
Officers trained to help everyone, including those with mental issues.
As a non-white member of the UWB community, I have mixed feelings about having an armed police officer on campus. I had opportunities working with different police officers in the past, my experiences are mixed, some are positive, making me feel safer, some are stressful, making me feel like I won't get any help and I'd better stop bothering them.
I believe we should have social workers on campus to address some of the "calls" that would normally go to the police.
Making sure these resources are there when it gets dark.
More lighting, more security cameras, non lethal interventions like TASERS. My student did a report on our security and there was a lot to be said for how little lighting we actually have on campus and how few security cameras.
Mental health professionals who are trained in conflict resolution and intervention.
Not having police officers present at all.
i'm really not sure why we would need an armed police officer from BPD. It makes no sense to me. Our current unarmed campus police have managed to maintain the safety of our community (along with other comments of our community) for the 15 years I have worked here.
I feel safe now with the current resources. However some might need some promoting how much behind the scenes great work the police do, to also feel safer.
I was gravely disappointed in what was advertised to be a community forum for discussing this matter. Not only were community members not included as panelists it was in my opinion an attempt to make the campus police force look good, each video gave accolades to the current structure no attempt to address community concerns. This was not the advertised purpose of the event and not only was it a waste of time I felt deceived. Further this survey does not provide any opportunity to comment on what ended up being a canned campus presentation. This controlled presentation with no enumeration of attendance, no use of the basic features of zoom that create a community presence and solidarity, no opportunity to ask questions, an almost fully white panel was insulting. It takes great courage to engage in these conversations and this presentation left the force looking cowardly. I am saddened by this not only for our campus but for those on the force that I have respect for. Was there not one member of the force who thought this format is a bad idea?
Having additional Bothell Police Officers on campus. Having Bothell PD substation on campus would allow officers to have a greater stake and sense of ownership in our campus community.
A more multi-faceted approach to keeping campus safe for all staff and students that does not involve an armed officer. People like social workers able to respond to mental health crises, sexual assaults, etc.
-Additional staffing and resources dedicated to the Counseling Center to support the growing demand on mental health services. Mental Health First Aid training for all UWB and CC staff and faculty so that we can provide additional support to the Counseling Center and better support students in crisis. -A dedicated nurse or Emergency Medical Responder (preferably an EMT-Paramedic) to assist in medical emergencies, minor injuries, sudden illnesses
I would like to see our campus take a restorative justice and antiracist feminist approach to safety.We should have more trainings for students, staff, faculty on de-escalation techniques, wellness opportunities and non-police interventions for people experiencing harm.
As a POC, I want to know what trainings the police have gone through, what training is required, and what trainings must be taken/renewed each year. I also want to know what changes they have made in response to everything that has been happening around police brutality to POCs.
More advocates for survivors of sexual assault. More ability for women faculty and students to kick male students out of our classes when they are harassing women students and faculty. More authority for women faculty to determine when they are being harassed by male students not having to file a report and let someone else tell them that they aren't.
More cops watching speeders and the crosswalks. Also looking for thieves in the garages.
I always had a police officer on my high school campus and we have no issues. I feel safer because the officer deters bad people from coming on our campus
Cameras in garages for safety
Social workers can't do a police officers job
Security in the parking lot. Officers willing to escort students to their cars.
Seeing armed Officers which is also a good deterrence in the commission of crimes.
Cameras on campus would make me feel alot safer along with the campus officer
Installing of CCTV cameras on campus particularly on the covered garages where there were previous burglaries incidents. Campus Safety Officers should also have a body camera to record incident there are dealing as a proof rather than relying to possible witness. We should also think about the safety and welfare of our protectors. We only tend to realize a certain things once a damage or worse loss of life has been done. Campus is the second home of students so we need to ensure about their safety all the time. Based from the previous and recent active shooting incidents, there were no immediate security or police officers on site which causes the death of money. By the time the law enforcement or helps arrives, there were already many dead people. Are we going to think and consider about the emotions of few or the safety of everybody which is based on facts?
EMT & Mental health worker to help with de-escalating situations.
security cameras in the stairwells, garages, and areas where there isn't a lot of visibility.
Emergency drills (like fire drills, natural disasters) for the buildings that classes and meetings take place. Video Cameras for the surveillance of the campus and garages. Helps with Moving the Bus Stops further away from campus. I choose my safety over the convenience. Using more modern technology to help assist in reporting safety concerns.
Social workers or similar folx to support students and others in crisis.
Implementing sandwich boards or other large visible signage with campus security's phone number and QR code to Campus Security webpage. This will make the information more accessible while out around on campus.
Installing CCTV cameras which will help to review and capture incidents. Having Armed Campus Safety Officers will make me feel more safer .
Deterrents to people speeding in their cars and running stop signs would make me feel safer.
Actually being on campus
Installing of CCTV cameras which will help to review and capture incidents.
better lighting in some areas
Emergency Buttons around campus where there are usually more students
Student cards to get into buildings
More armed police presence
It would make me feel a lot more safe on campus if there were a armed police officer present. This would ensure that if something bad were to occur, we would have a trained professional near by. I do not see what a unarmed (and much less trained) campus security officer could do in such a situation. Although I do think they (campus security) are good to have for everyday issues. Such as parking violations, helping students out, and being a safe presence on campus.
more Campus police officers
It's been so long since I was on campus that I can't think of anything
Mental health resources. If anything has made me feel unsafe is the stress of college and myself. I wish there was also a nurses office or a larger health center to go to for my concerns. I never have had issues with safety regarding needing a police officer.
Another armed cop on campus. Coming out of the pandemic, mental health will be at all time highs. Have more armed Bothell officers will make me feel safer.
The back rows of parking get pretty dark in the evening so having more lights to see better would help me feel more safe walking to my car.
More patrols from local Police Officers
Officers trained in mental health awareness and tactics.
People trained in motivational training, deescalation, mediation, non violent take downs, preventative measures.
More mental health counselors, people trained in de escalation, motivational interviewing, mediating, etc.
Perhaps having a town hall that actually involves hearing student voices.
I feel quite safe as it is right now. You do a great job.
Allow privately-owned firearms on campus.
Welcoming spaces that serve to give students a voice. I would love to see the money spent on campus police spent on students. I feel that campus police actually intimidate students on campus especially BIPOC students setting a tone of who does or doesn't belong.
Having alternative resources and support from the diversity center and counseling center. Having alternative structures such as social workers, etc to respond for more appropriate calls.
I feel very safe in my home, I am just fine continuing my education here.
Cameras on campus. I also think we need more counseling support or case managers that might be more adequately trained to assist students in crisis.
Parking is unaffordable so I have to park off campus and walk several blocks in the dark.
More armed police officers.
An entirely new Advisory Council on Campus Safety Committee that is ethical, democratic, inclusive AND includes everyone in our community in the conversation and decision making. Mental health support resources, programs that address underlying needs, restorative/transformative justice programs, stronger support for cultivating healthy communities and above all else faculty and staffing that centers authentic, representative diversity and inclusivity.
I would feel much safer if I knew that all safety personnel on campus were unarmed and committed to de-escalation practices.
Additional resources that will me feel safer when on campus is campus safety patrolling more often (walking around). Seeing them more often will get me used to their presence leading to me feeling more safe on campus.
The ability to lock the classroom door.
I think bothell pd's police cars and system-trained police officers make me feel safer. It's not that the "security" is unprofessional, but that the police make me feel safer when they are really in danger. After all, they have professional equipment. (Guns, batons, etc.).
A dedicated location/team for emergency first aid and/or a nurse's office.
I'm not sure if this is already done (I don't think it is), but I would love to have one or more Campus Safety Officers who sit in or near the parking lots every day once it gets dark so people feel safer walking to their cars after classes.
Having campus safety on campus and housing at night
More accessible training for active shooter situations and how to handle evacuating students or keeping them safe. Training about what to do in various emergencies and knowledge about how to get help from officers on campus.
Having more of the emergency button stations in parking garages (one on each floor), especially since campus safety officers dont go roaming too far from the center of campus.
More police and security
Community/peer intervention specialists, adequate and emergency mental health support that is actually accessible and confidential for all; classrooms and offices that adequately lock in the case of an active shooter, clear and swift action against racist and threatening behavior on campus—particularly from proselytizing outsiders who use our space as a free platform for aggravating and traumatizing marginalized groups.
CCTV in parking areas, by bus stop. Important for dark nights and late night classes.
Discussions around unacceptable male behavior in regards to gender based violence.
Human support services geared toward addressing the needs of people in crisis without the constant threat of punitive actions. The answer to this question should be collectively informed, where the critical needs of students, staff, and faculty are identified and experts are invited to speak about the resources that are proven to actually meet these needs.
Better security / cameras in all parking garages
Random gun checks. We don't know if the students are brining their guns to class. Increased video & audio surveillance on campus.
I have yet to be on campus in person, but I think having access to people who can walk me to my car if I am there at night would help me feel safe.
Alternatives to armed campus safety, like mental health workers, EMT’s, social workers, and community care support.
More lights, maybe a designated spot for female public transportation goers at night (a place designated for women to board a bus for example, next to a light and a call box)
Emergency call buttons around campus.
A Bothell Police Officer at night when I have classes
a support model like CAHOOTS or somethign like intervention, more counselors, more social workers.
Student buddy system when walking on campus at night.
More accessible mental health counseling
Q6 - What different models of campus safety might make you feel safer when you're on campus?
Proposal in “Re-imagining Campus Safety” at UW Bothell and Cascadia College
I'm not sure
A model of maintaining a diversity of officers that reflects the diversity of students and staff.
More officers presents
I'm very interested in the Community Support Team Model proposed in the Reimagining Campus Safety document. I would like a more holistic model that includes mental health and emergency medical services professionals.
"Blue light" emergency call boxes.
This is not about the specific officer holding the position, but frankly, why aren't ALL of the BPD officers trained to the high standard that Officer Bobby Buendia is trained? Officer Buendia is an exemplary officer and the rest of BPD should strive to gain the training informing his knowledge base. The question of whether the joint campuses should continue to fund BPD in addition to the couple million dollars they get added every year is worth asking, and the answer is no. They have the money to protect the community efficiently, while continuing to employ Officer Buendia as a liaison and to train newer recruits. There have been very few incidents over the years that have required an officer and many of those were off campus incidents or outside of the 9-5, M-F that we have had an officer on campus. In the event of a mass emergency, it is vitally important that the campus community know what to do. That varies depending on the emergency. Be it shelter in place under sturdy cover, safely flee the building in an orderly manner, or secure the doors and hide as best as possible, in an actual emergency we need a prepared community.
We have a panic button in our space. I suppose that gives us a sense of security.
security escorts to walk you to your car after hours
I think providing more accessible resources on campus like counseling and a therapist will make me feel safer because I know students have the mental health resources they need.
Police presence on campus is not a negative especially if the UW/Cascadia administrations work closely with the Bothell PD to encourage interactions among the three entities. In other words, problems that have arisen elsewhere can be avoided if the police act as part of the community, not insulated from it. The more familiar we are with each other, the less likely that problems will arise among us.
Keeping the Bothell PD Contracted officer. adding Mental Health response team
The current model of physical security doesn't feel very good and is not trusted. Yes, doors are locked and access is maintained and tracked. But that is not inviting, it's psychologically jarring, and is more about physical property than the PEOPLE. Plus, you're dealing with people that come from places where police are actively doing awful things. Even if campus safety is not armed, it FEELS like they are. That's not a good feeling and doesn't instill trust. Campus safety officers are well and good- they are needed as part of a safety system. We need trained people to respond to situations, provide support, etc. But they also need to be part of the community. Currently they feel obtrusive and their presence heightens tension rather than relieving it. I never look forward to needing to visit the safety office and that's not right....it should be a place where you feel safe, not one you want to avoid. I rarely see campus safety acting as part of the community, reaching out, interacting, etc. They feel more apart and aloof. This doesn't make effective safety systems. Rather, it perpetuates the police/physical model. I want to see models where it's not just physical safety but metal and psychological. A place you WANT to come to because it's BETTER than a police force in a city. That's going to take a lot of trust building.
Safety personnel trained in crisis prevention but are able to de-escalate without the use of pepper spray, tear gas, or bullets.
Do we have call buttons/ safety intercom stations? A system where everyone in the community could have a quick dial number in their phones to reach campus security officers?
I don't belong to a group that has been traditionally mistreated or regularly victimized so I don't have a lot of fear when on campus. I think I am more concerned with what makes our students feel safe or my coworkers. If our students are stressed while on campus, I feel like that puts all of us at more risk (because of the types of behaviors that can be generated from a combination of emotional issues and stress or a feeling of insecurity) and that is concerning to me. I will say that both Bothell PD officers we've had on campus have always been courteous and helpful to me when I requested assistance with an issue - none of the issues I needed assistance with ever involved the immediate safety of myself or any of my coworkers.
I am uneducated on other models of CS but I appreciate the walk throughs and the inclusivity of each officer. Making the CS office a place of refuge (added mental health counseling, safe rooms, and medical staff) and acceptance could increase the campus acceptance and trust. Also puppies.
active shooter drill refresher on emergency evacuation refresher on locations of emergency phones and how to use them
Bothell PD is close to campus. I don't think we need additional campus safety officer on campus per se. Rather, we need someone who can perform threat assessment, handle suicide crisis, assess for mental health condition, assist with hospitalization, de-escalate, and know how to respond appropriately in a sensitive manner.
A model with an EMT, social worker, and mental health counselor who respond to all non-violent issues on campus seems like it would be the best fit for our campus, given the frequency of different problems.
Campus security should focus on building community with uwb students. Not criminalizing, questioning, or targeting them. I would feel safer having someone build a positive relationship with me by introducing themselves and letting me know that they can help me whenever. I also think it would be even better for security to host events to teach students on first aid, CPR, and evacuation/ environmental strategies
Hollaback or other bystander intervention / anti-harassment training widely available to student/staff/faculty Availability of a mental health dispatcher alongside campus safety Accountability for steps that lead up to violence (e.g. threats on student evaluations)
presence of officers and security around campus
Having more support options for people who have grievances. Improving the flow of accurate information about vaccines, masks, racism, mental health, or whatever the topic of the day may be. As long as misinformation is allowed to spread unchecked we will not be safe. I also think that having more facilities that are not jails to work with people who are in crisis. We need treatment facilities for substance abuse, mental health, we need education about racism and we need to train people all people on de-escalation, bias, harassment, etc.
A stakeholder-centric model: More shared responsibility of campus safety by each unit/department/office on campus, mental health check-in performed by mental health counselors and social work professionals.(https://eab.com/insights/expert-insight/academic-affairs/holistic-campus-safety-approach/ ) Having campus safety available to call in case of an emergency on campus, where physical medical attention is needed.
I would like to see increased use of advocates, EMTs, medical professionals, and increase/implementation of bystander training as well as courses on how to disarm and defend oneself in the case of violent altercations. I have been at UWB for almost 3 years and cannot recall if active shooter training was available to the campus community. I have only attended "STOP the BLEED" which was offered by Emergency Preparedness. I think overall our campus community is not prepared in the event active shooting, inclement weather, mental health/medical crisis (how to support and provide aid), and acts of violence. I believe most faculty, staff, and students will not know how to act, behave, treat or stay safe in most of the incidents. To build trust is to build a relationship and through training, workshops, etc. relationships can be built but also we can work together to form a safe and positive campus community.
Better lighting in the parking areas
Making the campus design (direction of door opening, for example) safer in the advent of a mass shooter
Frequent intervals of patrolling in campus by the officer. and also in the buildings.
Additional Campus interaction and collaboration with the Bothell Police Department.
Have you all thought about cameras in the buildings. That would help because you never know who will be walking into the building.
They need to look a lot less like police officers and drive a friendlier looking car. Their car looks like a police car. They also carry weapons that most security guards do not carry
I think that there should be only one officer who is armed in case of serious situations (shooter on campus, for example). But I think all other officers should be unarmed. Their priority should be de-escalation.
Trained UWB/Cascadia community mediators and mobile crisis response units that emphasize non-violent tactics.
More uniforms for deterent from criminal activities.
Something student-led or with tangible student impact.
I would like to add to the current model. Better interaction with BPD. There needs to be more fun interactions and activity that people from Campus can come together and meet with Campus safety + Bothell Police Campus Resource Officer. The Doughnut sessions aren't cutting it!
regular threat assessment, perhaps in a non-invasive way with cameras rather than a police officer fully armed and equipped (which can feel threatening) Continue with relationship-building of campus safety officers and the community. I think the regular patrols of officers has helped with this, but I'd like to see officers engage in more outreach with students, faculty, and staff. Could there be a tent sometimes for "ask an officer" or "safety resource"?
Have an Armed police officer showing Police present usually makes people feel safe. Just in case of that what if would happen.
CCTV and connected devices being used to map opt in movements. Indoor GIS, Ring Cameras, Digidogs, Drones, anything that is able to help secure the campus without the use of force.
Culture change initiatives to actually make our institutions and cultures (classrooms, clubs, parties, events) safer for students of all identities, especially racial minorities, LGBQT students, and students with disabilities.
Same as above and not only give Campus Security training, but resources for them to do their job better for student, staff, and faculty.
One where student safety is a priority, where the collective safety of campus is ensured by taking care of student needs, providing community and individual care to our peers, and a complete effort from all staff and faculty to give students a safe place to learn. I would feel safer on campus if the process of identifying and remedying the harm were based on transformative justice instead of punishment and carceral ideas. If an act of violence or harm occurs, I would like to see a response that includes the victim's input and guidance. This response should also be helping the perpetrator to build connections that support them to take accountability, accept the consequences and ramifications of the harm they committed, and take tangible steps to ensure they no longer commit those harms. In the case of violence on campus, this could look like counseling sessions, art, dance, or music therapy, mentorships, or other forms of individualized support.
I think making other resources better and more available other than immediately using the police would help. For example, providing numbers for students to call if someone is hurt (maybe having a mental health breakdown) that arent the police.
What we have now is effective.
I don't think getting rid of our BPD officer is the answer. If we do anything it would be to enhance what we have already. The idea of a social worker has been brought up. I don't think this is a bad idea, however they would need to work inside the Campus Security department and respond the same way a campus security officer or BPD officer would. I would never expect a social worker to put their life on the line like a police officer would.
A model that is centered around community care and transformative justice. A model that does not include weapons. A model such as presented by Rosemary Simmons.
our own campus police department with armed officers, a 24/7 mental health crisis center
the addition of medical professionals and a permanent counseling center
I filled this out already, but am unable to attend the discussions so I wanted to just state my reasoning for wanting the dedicated officer to continue on campus. I understand this is a complicated issue. That said, none of the original and previous concerns or threats have changed or diminished-school shootings, sexual assaults, prowlers, etc. are still ongoing threats. the recent shooting in Bothell by a UWBothell student is an example of why I want to see a continued strong presence on campus. There has been a great range of diversity among the dedicated officers who have been on campus, which I believe helps alleviate resistance. In every contact I have had, I have experienced both the campus safety officers and the dedicated police officers as professional, approachable and very respectful of the rights of students and employees.
Emergency hot buttons placed strategically around campus.
Provide additional training to unarmed campus safety officers in de-scalation. Add social worker(s) that work directly with campus safety and can be dispatched prior to a campus safety officer/BPD. This social worker would need to be available to respond to situation just like a security/police officer.
half of the funding for the officer should still come from the city of Bothell. the half we save could fund a permanent mental health solution that would not put that person in harms way if a violent person is on campus
Unarmed and collaborative community-based problem solving. I am interested in supporting the campus community - both on and off campus - in the range of challenges they experience. Fostering a healthy campus culture that appreciates difference.
Tiered model depending on need. 1. Courtesy Captains / Greeters with Stickers 2. Mental Health Rapid Response Team 3. Safety Officers / Campus Patrol 4. Uniformed Bothell Police 5. Undercover Officers 6. Cyber / Internet Safety / Threat Monitoring
more community outreach by police on campus
Additional lighting on campus at night. I don't know if this is possible, as I realize we are right by densely populated wetlands, but I certainly would feel more comfortable if walkways were better and more evenly lit.
Having green coats available 24/7 to walk students safely to their destination if needed. This would prevent escalation as long as it’s safe to do so, and it would mean that students who are uncomfortable calling the police still can get help when they need it.
Alternative campus safety measures can be helpful, but I believe it is crucial that a BPD officer remains on campus.
I think having cameras and police on campus is a good place to start.
I'm not sure what you mean by models of safety? The campus is very open to the world, anyone can come and go as they please, which is risky. But I don't see how that could be changed, or even if we'd want to change that - it's a college campus, we want it to feel free and open to visitors. I definitely don't think we should get rid of campus safety officers or the Bothell police officer, if that's being considered.
I think campus safety officials which are unarmed and throughly background checked to make sure they are a good fit. It would also be cool if the students themselves could speak about things they prefer.
There are some really exciting community support models that would be a great fit for our campus' security needs and responses
armed police officers dedicated to student safety
More unarmed officers, no armed Bothell Police Officers at all - period.
Security cameras across the campus
Increased support for students, faculty and staff.
I think the current model is fine.
I don't think I have a suggestion for different models, I think I would just suggest/request that any officer filling the on-campus position be as well trained and vetted as Bobby. I do not think 'just any' officer would incite the confidence I have in officer Bobby Buendia.
Showing in person interventions of how deal with a certain situation, counselors escalating suicide attempts, adding a Black counselor on campus. Their are data that proves how important it is to have Black folks in these spaces.
See above. Also, more security walking the halls.
The reality is there are an increased number of active shooter situations in our country. Even though our campus is very safe, that does not mean a shooter couldn't come to campus. Having an officer already here will greatly decrease the time it takes to get help. I do understand some are triggered by seeing an officer. I also understand there is more danger for staff, faculty and students, and more liability for the campus if we are not able to respond quickly to an emergency. Our campus safety officers are not first responders in dire situations and we can't expect them to be.
Please see the Re-imagining Proposal.
I fully support the model we currently have. I think having a BPD campus resource officer strengthens our partnership with the community and with BPD. The resource officer has a vested interest in our campus and will react that way in an emergency situation instead of responding officers not really knowing our campus in the same way.
Campus safety should not look like a mini police department, though it should be ready for emergencies and have a direct connection and training to address emergencies. What about removing the word officer from the title and re-name to something that the campus decides on? More safety staff who look like our students, and come from their communities - and who are also invested in the Bothell campus community - maybe they can host more educational events beyond the regular doughnuts and coffee conversations - which are great, but limited. Assign regular staff to different parts of campus on a rotating basis, so students, staff and faculty can recognize them and get to know them. The only time I see them is when they are walking through campus or on some sort of assignment. Anything you can do to make campus more peaceful, welcoming, community -centered, and less militaristic or "macho" would be great. Why not be the department that changes what safety can look like on campus - look to other campuses and countries to do it differently and more peacefully.
More integrated community members participating in interventions. A model where there are more trained staff individuals in each building involved in security, de-escalation, and monitoring, more like the way the emergency response is handled, ideally with participation from student employees. Not a few central “uniformed” and/or armed responders for the campus, but many staff with an additional badge on their lanyard, with access to radios, and with a simple reporting structure to keep an eye on things and respond to emerging situations. Preferably reporting to student affairs or student life or the equivalent, with input from the student body, not facilities, where it’s separated from the student body
Community policing, connection to Bothell city policing and community development initiatives
More community policing
Student's who are part of the campus safety staff
like what we have -- would feel a lot less safe with the BPD resource officer being assigned to know us and know our campus
What is currently in place works for me.
less of an open campus. people should require authorization to step onto campus grounds
better lighting throughout campus (including parking structure)
Cameras are nice, but they only help after the fact something has happened. As a woman, I would feel very scared to walk around campus without any armed police there to keep an eye out and respond immediately to suspicious activity or danger.
Community (hired student trained employees) safety patrols walks, rather than campus safety/police walking around campus.
I don't know models. But having unarmed campus safety is the best route at this time in my opinion.
I don't know the different models of campus safety, so not really sure. But I already feel very safe on campus, so I wouldn't change anything.
I would like to see an officer positioned at the entrance to the garages, also by the bus depot drop off
I never feel unsafe on campus unless a cop is around.
More lights on campus. Increase of campus security guards. Doors with access codes after hours. More morning classes.
More avenues for immediate reporting of actual safety issues. Take the school completely out of the sexual assault investigative process, they’re stakeholders in the publicity of these cases and cannot act without a conflict of interest. Students do need to be made aware that this kind of behavior has no place in the school. Students accused of assault should have their academics put on hold and have their class credits revoked on a guilty verdict. Hiring private security officers who are only tasked with defending the lives of students, not brutalizing them for having party drugs or whatever other BS reasons the badge-babies have used to justify state sanctioned executions.
I would like to see more funds going into the CARE team so that there are more rapid ways to respond to people in mental health crisis.
Stronger presence of safety & police personnel.
A cop for each building.
I would like to see a model based on diffusion and prevention, rather than enforcement. It is more important that let's say a female faculty member stays until 10 pm to finish grading in her office and has to go to the parking lot alone in the dark. Can she call for a student escort that is swiftly available?
More cameras and safety buttons are helpful, but I feel the most safe when there are ideally several armed officers on campus.
funded civilian (non-police) safety program trained in crisis response and trauma-informed. culturally competent to work with BIPOC folks, undocumented folks, trans/nonbinary & other LGBTQI* folks, survivors
Were there options shared somewhere to choose from? Examples shared? I am not familiar enough with other options to suggest a model, other than one that takes armed officers off campus and directs funding to emergency mental health and other first responder resources.
community intervention workers, peacebuilders, behavior interventionists, transformative or restorative justice coordinators, counselors
I'm not familiar with models of campus safety. Are there different models to choose from?
A model of campus safety that considers other factors that contribute to safety - health, well-being, class status, racial identity, gender identity. A model that focuses on improving safety before any incidents occur, rather than responding reactively if they do. A model that allows for greater emphasis on mental health professionals, allowing them to be the responders on any scene of a mental health crisis. A model that is responsive to the community's needs and questions, particularly our most underserved and vulnerable populations. And certainly a model that does not include an armed officer. Even the presence of a firearm makes me feel less safe.
We need people who are armed, whether it be police or other safety personnel's.
No armed police. Statistically police presence increases crime as they try to validate their existence. There is so much data on this. They also disproportionately target people of color and that seems like the opposite optics that a college campus would want right now during a global racial reckoning.
Having not just a police officer respond to “suspicious actions” but also having folks who are not police officers show up to a scene that can use deescalation tactics.
Enhance their abilities by giving them more tools for their tool belt. Tasers help a lot in many different scenarios such as an agitated person might be hard to take down with just an asp and OC.
Having some type of security that sits inside the building and checks for IDS to enter academic buildings. A lot of the building at my previous school made us scan our student ids or show our ids before we got into the buildings. I think it keeps the buildings safe.
Community-based transformative and restorative justice processes that address the root causes of harm and violence. This may include: trauma-informed crisis intervention personnel trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, to disarm and de-escalate people doing harm and connect them to services.
Knowing my peers have gone through Sexual Assault prevention training and have access to good mental health resources.
I am not a security/ safety specialist.
More officers on campus
I don't want any changes, we need to have a police officer on campus. We can't forget about all the past shootings on college/HS campuses.
An armed police officer within shouting distance is a critical component of our campus safety model, especially in an active shooter situation. This of course does not replace the need for mental health support personnel and social services.
I like the existing model right now. I like Campus Safety and Officer Buendia.
Maybe meeting the officers- I don't know any of them!
Again, the wrong question. We need a different model of campus safety so that the current staff and structure is more effective, responsive and useful to the campus community. We need staff who are trained in equity and a community safety mindset. We need staff who are members of the community and who are deeply knowledgeable about students and student issues and who can respond to those in the community who have mental illness. We need more women on staff! We need more languages spoken. I would feel safer if I had confidence in the current staff and that they could help and support me if needed. A model that includes advocates and mental health professionals would be much preferable to those who come with a policing or safety mindset.
After hour access if arriving earlier or later then business hours.
A bigger police/security presence after dark for those of us on campus at night.
Nothing really, y'all are doing an amazing job!
I wonder if some of the campus security people can be nice. Sometimes they look at us like we are criminals instead someone just studying.
Have our own Police Department.
Are there examples of different models available? Could these be made available to the campus community?
I'm happy with what we have now. As a woman, I feel safe walking across campus at night and know that I can request a public safety escort if needed. The stairwells in the south garage are a bit dark so perhaps more lighting in the stairwells of the parking garage, but otherwise, I feel pretty safe on campus.
More proactive contact with officers. If they have questions regarding safety. Our resource officer would be a good person to ask.
adequate/appropriate training for the campus security guards that includes de-escalation, non-bias response, and equity & inclusion training.
I am not sure.
Additional Bothell Police Campus Resource Officers (armed) assigned to the campus would make me feel safer especially with the recent rise in nation wide campus disruptions from outside sources.
I don't have knowledge of what those are.
I don't know enough about models of campus safety to answer this question in any meaningful way.
I don't really know other models.
I like ours
Night escorts, maybe have more interactions with campus safety and officers..it can't hurt.
Rules don't always control people but having officers on campus helps keep everything under control
I don't know what models are out there, but I don't think the answer is police. I'd prefer we contract with a vendor who specializes in non-policing community safety models to help us create our final model.
I feel safe as is and have Campus Safety is plenty of protection for me, we could also implement student lead safety groups that can help assist students across campus. Other than that I know all staff on campus are well trained and versed in what to do during an emergency on campus and again Bothell PD and FD are just minutes away from campus.
I will feel very unsafe if the armed Bothell PD officer is no longer on campus. Our unarmed campus safety staff are not effective in a situation with an active shooter. (Or DV assault or other assault).
More resources for students who may be experiencing a crisis.
A fully responsive team of people who are predictably available, physically present, at least one per building.
Continuing Bothell PD campus presence.
Text alert systems, trainings for faculty, staff and students that allow our entire community to respond and act during threatening situations--rather than relying on someone in a uniform to intervene.
Forms of collective support and care. *Not* armed police.
I prefer our current model.
I'll answer these later.
I can understand how students may feel more engaged with Campus Safety if it was a unit in the Student Life organization like it is at the UW Seattle campus.
Officers who actually help everyone on campus
1. I would love to receive campus alert for UW Bothell specifically. As of right now, I only received campus alert for UW Seattle. It's not like nothing ever happens at UW Bothell. I will feel safer when we receive real time updates from campus safety. 2. I am very confused about what are UWB campus safety's responsibilities vs. Bothell PD's responsibilities. We've been told that "this is out of our jurisdiction" or "we don't have the resources, you have to contact Bothell PD." After awhile, folks got frustrated and feel that we didn't receive the support we need. We don't know what to do, eventually, stopped looking for solutions. I will feel safe when we know there's a standard procedure or transition plan for us to bring Bothell PD in when needed.
I don't believe that an armed officer is necessary. Over the last year it has been shown that the communities perception of police is not good, and is even triggering for the BIPOC community. Having more resource based intervention, instead of police intervention would be beneficial.
Making sure someone is available when it gets dark and making sure faculty and the officers are connected or at least recognize each other.
Patrols, lighting, cameras.
Not having police officers present at all.
An open forum is required, this is a community issue not a democratic one.
Although this report is for Northwestern University, its recommendations (pages 40-45) make a lot of sense for UW Bothell: https://www.northwestern.edu/social-justice-commitments/docs/nupd-external-reviewer-report.pdf. Executive summary: 1. Rebuild trust through community engagement Stakeholders broadly perceive Safety & Security’s approach has trended over time towards law enforcement rather than community engagement, and this has played a part in some stakeholders’ distrust in campus safety personnel. 2. Redirect resources towards more appropriate responses There is broad stakeholder consensus that at least some functions currently fulfilled by Safety & Security should be conducted by alternative means, especially regarding student mental health responses. 3. Increase accountability and transparency of campus security A number of stakeholders, particularly Black stakeholders, expressed a lack of trust in Safety & Security stemming from perceptions of being treated differently in interactions with campus safety officers and feeling like Black students lack a voice in shaping DSS practices and policies. There was a desire among some stakeholders for greater transparency into public safety initiatives and practices, and for better communication on what changes were being implemented.
Please keep the existing campus safety model to include contract with Bothell PD. This is the best way to protect against part 1 crimes. As well as increase public relations between the community and Police.
See above. A model that does not involve guns.
-A model that includes evidence-based decision making, with a historical analysis of recent UWB & CC student surveys, the 60-day Crime Log, and the Annual Safety and Security reports so that the model of safety and security on campus actually reflects the needs and concerns of the faculty, staff, students, and community members. -A more holistic approach to campus safety that incorporates mental health professionals, substance abuse professionals, sexual violence prevention, crisis response, trauma-informed care, and certified threat assessment. A great example of this is the Office of Campus Wellbeing and Crisis Intervention at USC.
I would like to see UWB end its contract with Bothell Police Department. Having an armed officer has not prevented a series of hate graffiti and desecration on campus, nor has it stopped the spread of white nationalist flyers/ stickers on campus. We need to reorient the conversation of safety.
Both colleges that I attended for undergrad (similar to UW Bothell) and grad (similar to UW Seattle) school did not have armed police officers. We had marked security guards, unarmed. They were a trusted presence on campus. Everyone knew that the process was if we informed the security guards of an event, they or we, would need to contact the local police and the local police would then come to the scene. The majority of the issues reported were petty crimes dealing with cars being broken into (although this was the common issue, this did not happen frequently).
Less focus on Police and “enforcement”. Stronger focus and resources dedicated to addressing white supremacy, and the mental health of all our community members.
Counselors with the officer.
Just having more officers in buildings, outside, in parking lot.
I like the way it is now.
Having the Campus Safety also armed or being commissioned will help me feel more safer considering with the current active shooting and hate crimes incidents. They can do something to prevent crimes and preserve lives since by the time helps arrives there could have been dead people already. That's why private companies hires even private security to feel more safer in their working environment.
Smart phone app usage in fair reporting, and anonymous reporting.
Consider implementing a student security officer program. This would create a peer-to-peer program for students, give students interested in law enforcement valuable job experience, and allow the campus security team to grow which would benefit the new Husky Village. This would also allow serve well for campus events where extra security staff are needed, and give mentoring experience to those interested already employed with Campus Security. UWT is employing this, but UC San Diego has had a program like this for years that has been very successful (reach out to Sgt Nel Garcia...he'd be happy to talk about how he created and oversees the program).
Having Armed Campus Safety Officers will make me feel safer since they can do a lot to defend and save lives against any threat. By the time law enforcement will arrive in an event of a crime such as an Active shooter, many live have been taken already and that is based on facts and previous incidents.
In general, a model that does not include guns on campus, officer or not, would make me feel safer for everyone.
Actually being on campus
I think as part of the area community, we ought not expect or pay for faster response times. In a true emergency, we would be prioritized. We have the luxury (unlike the rest of the area community) of already having Campus Safety officers present at any time they might be needed. Arguing that we need a BP officer at the ready or that we will have slow response times is a false choice. We will have the same response times as the rest of the area community in which we operate. In fact, the response times might be better for the entire community with that BP officer back on their staff.
I think more autonomy and less collaboration while the two styles (armed and unarmed or so radically different). I think greater autonomy leads to greater accountability.
More (working) lights on campus
Make sure small crimes like theft, are not overlooked. Studies have shown that the having a high chance of getting caught for small crimes can prevent serious crimes.
It would make me safe to see police officers on campus. Also to have those emergency phones spread throughout.
More Campus police officers
Not having guns on campus full stop and having very clear de escalation protocols that officers have regular training in
I appreciate having unarmed campus safety officers that are labeled and seen as more resource officers that can make students feel comfortable and know they are not scary rather a resource. I would hope they be equipped with resources themselves or direct contact for mental health support or safety.
Officers or staff that will actually step in and help in situations where "authority" is needed or warranted.
What I said above
Unarmed person and an administration that does not so evidently side with BPD.
Again, I'm fine with the status quo.
Allow privately-owned firearms on campus.
I would love to see campus organizations focused on addressing working through issues with other, mental health counseling, group and community spaces with an emphasis on facing issues not prosecuting individuals criminally. I feel that UW Bothell campus is very safe I don't understand have armed campus police protects us when we are all committed to safety and welcoming spaces.
Community support team model, on-staff EMTs, non-officers/trained students for safety escort
Not being on campus would make me feel safe.
I think we could disband campus safety or we should commission them to be real law enforcement. Although they are helpful with some things, I do not think that the deter crime and don't have the training needed to handle most safety concerns on campus that are related to mental health. With that said I do appreciate having armed officers on campus that could respond to potential violent situations, such as a campus shooter. I understand that is a rare occurrence though. I also think having uniformed police and campus safety officers is likely counter productive. I'm not sure it deters crimes and given our campus demographics, their presence represents racism and oppression to many in our community. Maybe uniformed resource officers would be a better fit. I also think we could use social workers and more counseling available to students who might be able to identify, support, and de-escalate students in crisis. I also think that the campus parking staff probably prevent more crime than our officers.
Allow open carry.
The current model seems to be working pretty well.
I think the particular people that we have serving as Director and Assistant Director of Campus Safety, and as Campus Resource Officer have the right model AND are the right people. They extend themselves, introduce themselves, make themselves present and known in many ways. While in other circumstances, I might question police on campus, these folks do community-based policing, relationship & trust building, and public service in the right way and spirit. I much prefer this to calling in police only in emergency circumstances, without knowledge of our students or culture.
Restorative/transformative models of harm reduction.
I do not feel safer with armed police on campus. While I do appreciate our unarmed Campus Security staff, I want to ensure that they are also committed to de-escalation tactics.
I want to say that this is a very good idea to keep the police in a conspicuous position. I think the tacom campus needs to learn from Bothell, because legal force deterrence is necessary!
I believe video surveillance of garages, entryways, and some outdoor areas is a good thing in this case. Promoting an environment of mutual respect and building interpersonal skills through training for all students, staff, and faculty.
See above. More specifically, community based care, restorative justice, and clearer messaging against hate speech.
Events with campus safety to build a relationship with them. Know who they are beyond just the uniform. Not having police on campus unless called.
It is too bad that the town hall did not make space to discuss this issue. This is not an appropriate question with which to burden respondents in an individual way via survey. Rather, we should have been offered a collective space to hear about and discuss a variety of alternative models. Instead, the town hall was an event geared toward propagandizing for police presence on campus (complete with a celebratory music video!). If the committee is seriously considering this question of alternative models, it must open up dynamic space that invites real-time discussion and feedback from other campus community voices.
perhaps a dedicated or part time EMT from Bothell Fire?
Having a Police Department on campus, with its own uniforms, insignia, training operations, and policies.
I think that in addition to having a resource officer on campus, maybe introducing trained professional on mental crisis’ to help de-escalate situations might be beneficial.
Community based support!! Building an infrastructure of community safety within staff, students and faculty that is more proactive than reactive. Proactive measures like building our counseling center capacity and diversity center programming, space and support will do so much more than piling money into reactive measures like an armed storefront officer.
More female cops/security guards
Officers specially trained to intervene with someone who is mentally distressed in a non forceful way.
More officers than they usually have