Police Department Manual (PDP)

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Effective: 5/10/1990

Revised: 10/29/2009

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PDP 202–04: Public Safety Advisory Committee

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Purpose

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To review the functions of the Public Safety Advisory Committees

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Source

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University president
Charter and Bylaws of the Public Safety Advisory Committee

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Background

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The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) exists to assist the ASU Police Department (ASU PD) in remaining responsive to the needs of the campuses and local communities and to provide the university administration with input on issues surrounding crime abatement, public safety, and emergency preparedness. The primary role of PSAC is advisory and consultative. The PSAC is responsible to the executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO. The police department and its policies shall remain the responsibility of the ASU chief of police.

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Policy

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Practice

Typical functions of the PSAC include but are not limited to:

  1. receiving comments and suggestions about public safety from the public at large
  2. facilitating communication among relevant parties, especially the ASU PD, the campuses, and local communities
  3. offering advice related to crime abatement, public safety, and emergency preparedness
  4. supporting measures that enhance the foundations of safety and security upon which the university is built

    and

  5. reviewing certain complaints against the police department and/or its members, examining the relevant circumstances, and providing recommendations. Recommendations made by the committee are advisory and the ASU chief of police is responsible for making decisions on those matters.

Matters may be brought to the attention of the PSAC in any of the following ways:

  1. The university president or executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO may forward topics, questions, concerns, or complaints to the PSAC chair.
  2. Members of PSAC may introduce topics, questions, concerns, or complaints.
  3. The ASU chief of police may introduce topics, questions, concerns, or complaints.
  4. The public may introduce topics, questions, concerns, or complaints.

Composition of the Public Safety Advisory Committee

Each Arizona State University campus shall have a campus local PSAC, which is governed by a PSAC Executive Committee. The executive committee is composed of the chairs of each campus PSAC and the ASU chief of police.

Each campus local PSAC shall have the following structure:

  1. The chair of the campus local PSAC shall be the ASU PD commander of the respective campus selected by the ASU chief of police.
  2. Each campus local PSAC shall have standing members but may add additional ad hoc members as deemed appropriate for the respective campus.
  3. Each campus local PSAC shall have the authority to invite members of the campus community or local communities to any meeting to serve as consultants or to serve on ad hoc committees.

Standing Subcommittees

Each campus local PSAC shall determine appropriate standing subcommittees.


Meetings

The committee will meet on an as-needed basis. A meeting may be called by the campus local PSAC chair, the ASU chief of police, or the executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO.

A voting member of the committee also may request a meeting. Should a voting member request a meeting, that request is directed to the campus local PSAC chair or to the ASU chief of police. The decision to call a meeting requested by a voting member is up to the campus local PSAC chair and/or the ASU chief of police.


Annual Report

The committee shall submit an annual report of the activities to the executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO.

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Cross-Reference

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For information on complaints against ASU PD, see PDP 203–01, “Complaints against ASU Police Department Personnel.”

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