REDDING, Calif.—Campus safety at Simpson University has a new look.
Two surplus Redding police cruisers—painted white with the university’s name in red—now patrol the 92-acre campus 24 hours a day. One cruiser was completely stripped of police gear; the other, which is only driven on campus, still contains a separation rack and light bar.
The Redding City Council approved the donation of the cruisers, which normally would have been sold at auction for $1,000 to $2,000 each. A report to the council gives the following background:
“Recently, the Campus Security Department of Simpson University reached out to RPD with a request for a donation of two (2) surplus vehicles. The University’s Security Department currently employs three full-time and six part-time officers that patrol campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The current security vehicle is in a non-operational state due to needed major repairs. With the loss of the security vehicle, officers patrol on foot or with a facilities truck that is not identifiable as a security vehicle. The vehicles would be utilized for campus patrol, safe ride shuttling at night, and would be a visible deterrent to unwanted visitors. Any vehicles donated by RPD to Simpson University would be used to keep students and staff safe on campus.”
The Police Department has donated surplus vehicles to Shasta College’s security office in the past and recommended the donation of the vehicles to Simpson “as is.”
“This would save Fleet Maintenance staff time of having to prepare these vehicles for auction,” the report states. “None of the equipment left in the vehicles is compatible with the current vehicle platforms and is not needed by RPD.”
Simpson’s director of campus operations, Paul Davis, said the donations saved the university the significant cost of replacing a needed campus safety vehicle.
The university added an armed security guard to its campus safety staff this year. The presence of the cruisers also acts as a visual deterrent against crime, Davis said.
“Keeping everyone safe on campus is our main priority,” he said. “With this generous donation from the city of Redding we now have more tools to maintain a safe educational environment.”
Photos by Chyna Xiong / Simpson University marketing
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.