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On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, CSUSM PD Sergeant David Angulo, and his K9 partner Armor, were called upon by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to help locate a handgun. The gun had been discarded the week prior in some bushes while the suspect, a known narcotics offender who was on probation, was running away from deputies. During the scheduled arraignment, it was learned that the gun was still in the bushes which were located near a local High School.
Sergeant Angulo coordinated a multi-agency K9 response including K9 units from the ATF, CHP, San Diego State and Cal State San Marcos. Sgt. Angulo’s partner, Armor, is an explosives detection K9 which also includes detection of black powder, a common component in handgun ammunition. Shortly after beginning a grid search of the area, Armor, and the K9 from the ATF both alerted to an area of heavy shrubbery, identifying the location of the handgun for their handlers.
The handgun was recovered and identified as a Glock handgun with an attached weapon light. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department impounded the gun and added it to their case against the suspect. Although explosives K9s are more commonly associated with searching large, public venues prior to high profile events, this is an example of the variety of valuable tasks that Armor and other CSU K9s can provide.
Sept. 24, 2021
When Cal State Fullerton Police Captain Carl Jones retired from the University Police Department two years ago, he didn’t anticipate returning to campus … he was focused on spending more time with his family, traveling and enjoying a slower pace of life. So imagine his surprise when he received a call from President Fram Virjee asking him to consider a return to campus, at least on a temporary basis, as chief. “I love it here,” said Jones. “It’s actually been exciting although my role is different. I’ve received nothing but positive support.” Jones concurs that much has happened in the two years since he retired from the UPD.
Kindness Stands Out
Long Beach State / November 2020
Across the nation, U.S. college students are not receiving enough financial aid and are struggling with meeting their basic needs. The need for stable and safe housing is of foremost concern to many CSU students. Homeless individuals are often met by law enforcement that insist that they “move along" when parked on city streets. At the Long Beach campus, university police noted that two individuals were continuously parked adjacent to campus in a recreational vehicle. Taking on the role of guardian over enforcer a campus officer contacted occupants of the RV and found that they were, in fact, homeless CSULB students. The students indicated that they embarrassed at not having a home and that they were often rebuffed by police officers treated as criminals and drug addicts. The officer informed the students of resources and support on campus. The campus officer did whatever he personally could to support them. Most importantly, he did not tell them to “move along" rather he regularly check in with them to assure they were as safe as they could be under the circumstance. In time, they did move from their location adjacent to campus. About a year later, the officer received a letter thanking him for treating them with respect and kindness.
Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run
CSU Bakersfield / November 2020
The police department of California State University Bakersfield helped raise funds and generate awareness for the Special Olympics Southern California by participating in the 2020 Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run. During the final two weeks of the run (Nov. 1-15), officers joined with community members in running, walking and biking to help deliver the Flame of Hope to the virtual Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics. Additionally, the department collected donations and sold merchandise to help support this worthy cause. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, helping them to realize their potential, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
CSU Implements Body-Worn Cameras University-Wide
California State University / November 2020
Body-worn cameras are significantly affecting policing nationwide. Cameras impact how police share information with the public and greatly impact the public's perception. To increase transparency and accountability, every CSU police department has implemented body-worn cameras. This is an important advancement consistent with the CSU's intent to meet 21st Century Policing objectives.