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Shanon Anderson, the chief of police and associate vice president for public safety, and Cedar, the wellness dog for the Oregon State University Corvallis, Ore. campus, pose together outside the campus dispatch center on April 6. According to Anderson, the OSU police department can provide medical assistance until their partners from the Corvallis Fire Department arrive.

Campus dispatch center prioritizes OSU community

Shae Williams, News Contributor
May 2, 2022

Since Oregon State University created its own police department in January 2021, the university has now created its own Level 2 dispatch center that takes 911 calls. According to Teresa Parker, dispatch...

Oregon State University public safety department cars are lined up outside Kerr Administration on Nov. 23, 2021. Since Oregon State University created its own police department in January 2021, Shanon Anderson, the associate vice president for public safety and OSU chief of police, has led police reform and bias trainings.

Oregon State University police department was created to ‘utilize the education mission and values of OSU’

Hayden Lohr, News Contributor
February 10, 2022

After Oregon State University created its own police department in January 2021, the new department had advanced police reform, but some students don't think reform is enough. According to Steve Clark,...

An illustration of a guardian watching over the city of Corvallis, Ore. Corvallis Watch is an Instagram page which seeks to inform users of safety concerns in the Corvallis area.

OSU students find Corvallis Watch Instagram page ‘useful,’ ‘important for public safety’

Corvallis Police Department recommends community members use CPD social media for public safety information
Sukhjot Sal, News Reporter
January 3, 2022

With 3,801 followers, the Corvallis Watch Instagram account has garnered a dedicated following of Corvallis, Ore. community members, especially Oregon State University students looking to stay...

Oregon State University’s public safety officer trucks parked south of Kerr Administration Building on Nov. 23, 2021. The PSO trucks, driven by PSO security officers responsible for public safety on the Corvallis, Ore. campus, can often be seen on campus and typically pick up lost, stolen or abandoned bicycles.

Concerns about structure, ethics of campus security raised by OSU students

Oregon State University’s Department of Public Safety includes armed police alongside public safety security officers
Hayden Lohr, News Contributor
January 3, 2022

Oregon State University has had its own police department since January 2021, but some students are against its presence on campus due to ethical and racial concerns. In 2019, Genesis Hansen, a fourth-year...

Traffic on SW Jefferson Way was blocked off after a natural gas line was punctured at the Pharmacy Building on Wednesday at about 2:45 p.m. Buildings in the area were evacuated and the road remained closed until the gas line was capped at about 3:20 p.m.

Gas leak on OSU campus prompts evacuation of classes

Kelsy Valentine, Campus Editor
October 20, 2021

A gas line near the Pharmacy Building on the Oregon State University campus was punctured at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, which shut down the buildings in the area. According to David Sweeney, the...

Weatherford Hall seen through a buffer of smoke and haze on Sept. 17. Winds blew the smoke from the wildfires in Santiam Canyon east of Salem, Ore. into the Willamette Valley.

OSU community providing services, resources to those impacted by wildfires

Haley Daarstad, News Contributor
September 21, 2020

Thousands of Oregonians have been impacted by the wildfires and OSU community members are working to help people that have been affected by these fires with resources and services.John Valva, executive...

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Student, faculty group created in response to new campus police force

Adriana Gutierrez, Print Contributor
August 15, 2020

A new student and faculty group called DISARM OSU has been formed in response to Oregon State University’s decision to implement a new in-house police force, with goals to defund the force and distribute...

Oregon State University hired Edgar Rodriguez for the interim associate vice president for public safety and chief of police position, starting May 25, but stepped down after nearly three months in the role. 

Update: New interim AVP for Public Safety, chief of police is ‘eager to engage our community and be a part of the Beaver Nation’

Tosca Ruotolo, News Contributor
May 21, 2020

Vice President and Chief Financial Adviser Mike Green announced on Tuesday, May 12,  that Edgar Rodriguez has been selected to be the interim associate vice president for Public Safety and chief of police,...

The Department of Public Safety is located on the second floor of Cascade Hall on 17th and Washington Way. Oregon State Universitys contract with Oregon State Police ends on June 30, and in its place, OSU has established a Corvallis campus police department. 

OSU hires new interim associate vice president for Public Safety, chief of police

The Baro Staff
May 12, 2020

Oregon State University has just announced the hiring of Edgar Rodriguez for the role of interim associate vice president for public safety and chief of police, starting May 25.Rodriguez currently works...

Director of Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Jeff Kenney, talks about the input received during the public safety community meeting held over zoom on April 22 and April 23. Kenney helped lead the community sessions, and said key themes that emerged from the dialogues included a desire for public safety officers to represent the demographics of the student body, and a desire to train officers and develop an organizational culture that represents the values of the university. 

OSU community members express concern about police culture, gun violence in public safety dialogues

Jada Krening, News Correspondent
May 8, 2020

Following the announcement that Oregon State University will develop its own on-campus law enforcement by July 1, the university held two remote Public Safety input sessions on April 22 and 23, in which...

Drone photograph of the Memorial Union Quad.

OSU to establish Corvallis Campus Police Department

Jada Krening, News Correspondant
April 14, 2020

Following a unanimous vote by the Oregon State University Board of Trustees on April 3, 2020, OSU will move forward with developing its own in-house police force by July 1, 2020, the date the university’s...

OSU is discussing the possibility of the Corvallis Police Department serving as a transitional law enforcement service provider, according to an email sent by President Edward Ray. Oregon State held four public safety listening sessions to gain input from the community regarding possible transitional and long-term campus law-enforcement service providers. 

OSU holds four public safety listening sessions to gain community input

Tanveer Sandhu, News Contributor
March 14, 2020

In its search for future Corvallis campus law-enforcement service providers, Oregon State University held four Public Safety Input and Listening Sessions in which participants took part in small group...

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