January 17, 2020 – The Santa Fe College Police Department was recognized by Safe Campus for creating one of the safest college environments in the nation in their Top 25 University Departments ranking. The SFPD was ranked second in the country, behind only California State University, Fullerton. Safe Campus ranks college police departments based on increased safety and security measures.
“Santa Fe College Police is being recognized for the deployment of the of the Safe Santa Fe campus safety program,” said Linda Shaw, director of Safe Campus, the organization which announced the list recognizing the top 25 college and university departments for accomplishments in improving campus safety. Each administrative department was nominated based on its efforts and improvements in campus safety. All 4,298 U.S. accredited higher-education institutions were eligible. The SFPD’s program includes the Safe Santa Fe app, community policing partnerships, Safe Spring Break and other events the SFPD participates in at the college to increase safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Because of the recognition from the National Campus Safety Summit, the SFPD is also a finalist for the Department of the Year award, which will be announced at a conference in Las Vegas at the end of February.
Safe Campus’ mission is to improve safety and emergency planning and response at U.S. higher-education institutions. The full Top 25 list is below, and more information can be found online at https://safecampussummit.org/2020-las-vegas-conference/top-25-university-departments.