Overview of Caltech Campus Security and parking Services
Campus Security and Parking Services aims to provide world-class customer service to the Caltech community by following the principles of service, accountability, passion, integrity and mutual respect.
Campus Security provides 24-hour patrol service, incident response, and other security-related services such as escorts and help with lock-outs, vehicular accidents, and medical emergencies on the Caltech campus and its off-campus properties. It coordinates with outside emergency response units called to the campus, such as the Pasadena police, fire, and paramedic departments, and also develops and implements security programs and regulations; enforces parking regulations; and is responsible for Caltech’s carpool, vanpool, and other alternative transportation programs.
Caltech campus security exists to provide a stable environment for research, education, and employment in which security concerns are balanced with freedom of movement in an open campus atmosphere while protecting the life and property of the faculty, students, staff, visitors, and guests of the Institute.
Special Response Officers
Seven uniformed Special Response Officers (SRO) are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. They provide emergency medical response, respond to discretionary calls, and conduct high visibility patrols of the campus. SROs receive a minimum of six weeks of training with an experienced staff member, as well as an additional 12 weeks of more independent training.
Caltech Security is assisted in its mission by 22 uniformed, contract security personnel. This auxiliary force is not empowered to make arrests or carry weapons; however, they assist Caltech Special Response officers in a variety of ways such as building security, property checks, and added visibility within the community. Contract security personnel are charged with providing additional visual presence at various campus locations. They are responsible for checking faculty, student and staff identification, and conducting property checks of campus buildings. Additional officers are added to the security force as needed for special events and to maintain campus security.
Authority and Jurisdiction
Security officers can issue municipal parking citations under an arrangement with the City of Pasadena. Pasadena Police Department (PPD) has primary jurisdiction for all areas of campus and Pasadena. Caltech Security’s jurisdiction is restricted to the boundaries of the Caltech campus and campus properties.
Working Relationship with State and Local Police
Caltech maintains a close working relationship with the Pasadena Police Department. Pasadena police officers are often called upon to aid in the arrest of individuals suspected of crimes on campus. Campus Security staff work with other state and federal law enforcement agencies as necessary, including the California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and the Department of Justice.
Campus Security has established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pasadena Police Department. The MOU formalizes aspects of the working relationship between Caltech and the Pasadena Police Department, in compliance with California law. As part of that MOU, and in compliance with California law, the Institute discloses to the Pasadena Police Department reports of certain violent crimes, sexual assaults, and hate crimes.