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Chico State Police responding to fewer calls after university changes

Chico State Police says they have been responding to fewer calls after the university switched to online classes.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 7:57 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Every year the Chico State University Police Department helps protect thousands of students and staff all over campus  but Action News Now reached out to them to see what are they doing now that the university is mostly empty.

The University Police Department says they are seeing fewer calls but since the campus is still open they are still patrolling the area.

During a typical school year there are around 16,000 students on campus.

Every year the Chico State University Police Department is there to make sure those students are safe.

They do that by patrolling campus and responding to calls, but even with classes online and an empty campus – it doesn’t meant University Police aren’t busy.

Sergeant, Bryce Davison says,  "With the reduced call volume we are going to focus on security on campus we’ve already had multiple vandalisms and one arrest, with campus still being open we have visitors and want to provide a safe environment for them."

Sergeant Davison says with the reduced number of calls the department is more available to help Chico Police Officers when they need them.

University employees are still working to keep the university clean and safe.

Even though the campus is empty there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Mike Alonzo is the manager of ground and landscaping at Chico State.

His team is reponsible for keeping up with all of the landscape maintenance , tree work and sports field maintenance around the univeristy.

He says with fewer students enrolled in classes, the university’s revenue has taken a hit and they have had fewer employees working.

Recently they have also taken on work at all residence halls including University Village.

Mike Alonzo, manager of grounds and landscaping,  says "That was an additional 20 plus acres of landscape we’ve taken over without any additional staff. so we are stretched thin and realizing that we might be stretched thin for a couple of years depending on how things pan out."

He says they usually work on more landscaping projects around the school but with less money they will likely not have any of those soon.
Alonzo says the business and finance department is trying to help them figure out a way to hire more employees so they can keep up with all of the work.

The campus is open but only a few departments like facilities management and services employees are working on campus. 

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