Police & Safety Services

COPPS Newsletter

Fall 2016

Volume 16, Issue 3

Message from Police & Safety Services

patrol vehicle parked in front of Police and Safety Services building.

Welcome new students, faculty, and staff! We at Police and Safety Services are eager to begin the Fall 2016 semester and continue to make Sonoma State University a safe place to learn, live and work. We would also like to welcome Dr. Judy Sakaki as she begins serving as the new President of Sonoma State University. Additionally, we invite students to visit Police and Safety Services, located in Verdot Village, to meet the police team, ask questions regarding our role, and receive valuable crime prevention information. Students may also visit the Police and Safety Services website. Welcome everyone!


Key Dates to Know

  • September
    Campus Fire Safety Month
  • October 20
    Great "Shakeout"
    Earthqauke Drill
  • October 31
    Halloween California
    "Avoid" DUI Enforcement Campaign
  • November 24
    Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 9
    Classroom Instruction Ends
  • December 12 – 16
  • December 25
    Christmas Holiday &
    Winter Break Begins

Dismount Zones Created for your Safety

Dismount zone signIn collaboration with SSU Academic Senate, Associated Students Inc., Campus Reengineering Committee, Transportation Committee and other campus constituents, the Dismount Zone program was implemented due to a significant community concern about the hazards of wheeled conveyances being operated at congested locations. Persons operating wheeled conveyances such as bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and golf/utility carts are REQUIRED to dismount from their means of wheeled transportation at campus locations where Dismount Zone signs are posted. Please help support campus safety by dismounting in the zones!

Bicycle Safety at Sonoma State

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great alternative to driving a motor vehicle. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle. Please follow the below basic safety tips when you ride:

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  • Wear a properly fitted helmet (if you are under 18 years of age it is the law).
  • Check your equipment. Before riding, ensure your tires are properly inflated and that the brakes are functioning properly.
  • Enhance your visibility so others can see you clearly. Wear bright colored clothes. Avoid dark clothing when riding at night.
  • Obey the law. Stop at stop signs and stop lights. If wearing ear phones (or ear buds), keep one ear uncovered. Ensure your bicycle is equipped with proper lights and reflectors.
  • Watch for and avoid road hazards. Be alert and look for potholes, discarded tools or other obstructions. For additional information, please visit the SSU Police and Safety Services website.

Bicycle Security Tips

Help Police Services help You. Please follow the below tips to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of bicycle theft:

  • Lock your bicycle with a combination U-Lock and quality heavy duty cable. For better results, secure both wheels and frame to a bicycle rack using the locking system.
  • Only lock your bicycle to approved bicycle racks and not a tree, fence or other item that can be easily defeated.
  • Register your bicycle’s identifying information with SSU Police and Safety Services so if your bicycle is stolen you have a better chance of recovery. >Don’t leave your bicycle unsecured outside of your residence. Even on a second floor balcony.
  • Report suspicious activity or behavior to SSU Police and Safety Services by dialing 707-664-4444 or 911.

3 Questions with Police Sergeant Jones

SSU Police and Safety Services plays a key role in campus safety. We took a minute to ask Police Sergeant Jones five questions related to campus safety.

Q: What are some of the common crimes that occur at SSU?
A:That is a good question. Many crimes are crimes of opportunity. For example, valuable property left unattended may result in the crime of theft.
Q: What can I do to avoid being a victim of a crime?
A: Don’t leave valuable property unattended. Record the serial numbers and identifying features from your valuable property. Doing so could aid in the recovery of the property if it is stolen. Lock your car doors after parking your vehicle. Protect your personal information such as computer passwords, banking account numbers, and social security number.
Q: Why do Police Officers write traffic tickets?
A: Well, we generally combine education and enforcement. As you know, the roadways are shared by motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Our ultimate goal is to have a safe environment for all. Sometimes issuing a traffic citation is needed to modify unsafe behavior. I have told motorists that “the life they save may be their own.”
Q. What should I do if I see a police car, fire truck or ambulance approaching with its emergency lights and siren activated?
A. Pull to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. Emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens activated are responding to an emergency. Your moving to the side of the road will give the public safety professionals the opportunity to proceed safely to their destination.
Q: Where can I obtain additional information about Police and Safety Services?
A: You can visit our website or visit our Police and Safety Services building located in Verdot Village.

September is Campus Fire Safety Month. Please visit our website for more information.