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Posted on February 9, 2012

The former Office of Public Safety and University Police has officially changed its name to the California University Police Department.

“The name change is designed to clarify our role and eliminate any possible confusion,” said police Chief Robert Downey. “If somebody wants to report a crime, or needs police assistance, we want them to know exactly who to call.”

As the primary law enforcement agency for the University, the Cal U Police Department offers 24-hour protection every day of the year.

In addition to Downey, the department includes 18 fully certified, professional police officers and five additional security staff, including dispatchers and parking enforcement officers.

The department is housed in the Pollack Building, near the Hamer railroad crossing.

Cal U police officers patrol both the main campus and the south campus — Vulcan Village, Roadman Park and SAI Farm. The department also cooperates with California Borough Police and other law enforcement agencies as needed.

“Although our name has changed, we remain committed to providing the safest and most secure campus environment for every member of the Cal U community,” Downey said. “This is the primary focus of our mission to serve the Cal U campus community.”

Read safety tips from the Cal U Police Department.

Read Cal U’s public safety policies.

To reach the Cal U Police Department, call 724-938-4299; or dial H-E-L-P or *1 from any on-campus phone.