Campus Safety Services is organized into four units: Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, Emergency Management, and Security Technology and Access Control.
The Public Safety unit is sub-divided into three divisions: Patrol, Communications, and Investigations.
Patrol handles all emergency calls and crimes in progress, and investigates all non-violent property crimes that occur on the LMU campus. Officers receive training in criminal law, patrol procedures, use of force, investigations, report writing, first aid, CPR, and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). Consistent in-service training ensures that officers remain capable and up-to-date on their skills.
Communications handles all calls, emergency and non-emergency, to Public Safety Dispatch and the university-networked Security Systems on campus.
Investigations guides all open and active investigations, following all due process and preserving anonymity as requested. Officers work cooperatively with detectives from LAPD, as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies, as necessary.
Public Safety officers are staffed 24/7. Methods of patrol include marked vehicles, bicycles, T-3s and walking units. Emphasis is placed on safety and crime prevention, through the use of highly visible uniformed officers who patrol campus roadways and conduct frequent walkthroughs of campus buildings and parking lots.
The safety of LMU students, faculty, staff, and guests is the utmost priority. Response times for routine calls can vary dependent on campus emergencies, university activity, and general call volume.
Public Safety maintains multiple dispatchers at any given time, providing 24/7 coverage. The primary objective of Dispatch is to ensure rapid and effective emergency and non-emergency communications for the university, including answering calls and managing communications via the university radio systems. Dispatchers also monitor and provide forensic support to the Video Management System, and monitor duress alarms, intrusion, and access control.
The role of the University Operator is to provide high-level customer phone support, to better resolve requests for general campus information. The Operator processes incoming calls for all university departments and parties.
Emergency Management serves as the campus-wide coordinator for all emergency management efforts, including preparedness training, drills and exercises, emergency planning and response, capability development, Continuity of Operations, and LMU Alert, the university’s emergency notification system. The Emergency Management unit also oversees the Emergency Response Team program and ReadyLMU preparedness campaigns.
Emergency Management ensures communication and collaboration with emergency partners across the Los Angeles region, and also represents the university on numerous emergency management committees.
Security Technology and Access Control (STAC) is a newly formed group that combines the former Security Technology team and the Facilities Management Lockshop into one department. STAC handles all security infrastructure and access control for the LMU community.
The new STAC team has two main areas of focus:
- The efficient implementation of security infrastructure, to meet the security and investigatory needs of the university. This includes the design, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of LMU’s security cameras, video viewing and storage software, intrusion alarms, duress systems, and license plate recognition systems.
- The proper function and configuration of access control devices. The STAC team currently maintains over 7,000 access control touchpoints at the Westchester and Playa Vista campuses. In addition to routine maintenance, the STAC team is responsible for adding, modifying, and removing access to maintain the appropriate level of security.
Environmental Health and Safety works closely with LMU's Campus Safety Services, Human Resources, Student Health Services, academic departments, and other groups to ensure the university is in compliance with the ever-changing local, state, and federal environmental health and safety regulations.
EHS is involved in numerous areas around campus, including the following:
- Cart Safety
- Laboratory Safety
- Incident / Accident Investigations
- Air Quality Management
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Hazard Communication
- Hazardous Waste Management