TO: THE HARTNELL COMMUNITY

FROM: Larry L. Carrier, Acting Superintendent/President

RE: Campus incident of Monday, May 21, 2007

DATE: May 23, 2007

On Tuesday, May 22, in the late afternoon, we learned that the Salinas Police Department would be on campus to make an arrest in a criminal sexual assault investigation. A short time later, the police arrested a student employee of the campus bookstore. The arrest was carried out without incident.

The Salinas Police Department is now handling all aspects of the investigation, and the College is fully cooperating in the on-going investigation.

I would like to assure you that, despite this difficult situation, Hartnell College remains one of the safest campuses in the state, as evidenced by the College’s crime statistics, which may be viewed on our website at www.hartnell.edu/safety/statistics.html

Nevertheless, it behooves us to take this opportunity to focus on safety and security and to assess whether we are doing everything we should to ensure the physical well-being of all persons who enter onto our campus.

I would like to alert you to some of the steps we have taken in the last three years to improve safety:
  • improved lighting on the campus, including tech alley and the quad, and made sure that the campus remains well-lit throughout the night.
  • contracted with a security firm that supplies us with seven fully-licensed and trained security personnel who work around the clock. This replaces the student workforce that the college used to rely on.
  • improved our security force’s mobility by providing bicycle patrols that can get to all corners of the campus with speed and ease.
  • supplied both the security force and the parking enforcement personnel with obvious, recognizable uniforms to deter crime.
  • increased the frequency and types of training that the security team undergoes.
We will continue to review our policies and procedures to safeguard all members of our community, and we welcome your suggestions.

We also know that an incident like this may affect many people, as it can bring up feelings of overall insecurity long after an actual threat has passed, and it can cause people who have experienced violence in their lives to relive those painful memories. Students who are having a difficult time should feel encouraged to call or go to the crisis counseling center. The counselors are there to help you.