Georgia Tech Police Department

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Due to open accessibility of Georgia Tech campus, the Police Department at Tech commits to high regulation and law enforcement on and around the college. [1]

Contents

Facts

According to the Fall 2009 Crime Awareness Report, here are some of the updated facts:

  • Georgia Tech Polica Department (GTPD) is located at 879 Hemphill

Avenue

  • GTPD is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including

weekends, holidays, and semester breaks.

Reporting a Crime

How to

  • In order to be easily accessible to students and faculty on campus in the event of a crime, one can report a crime that is currently occurring simply by calling 911 from a campus phone and it will take your call straight to the GTPD.
  • For non-emergency related crimes there is a separate call line, in order to better differentiate with what deserves priority and keep the emergency line free for all possible threatening situations. The non-emergency line number is 404.894.GTPD(2500)[citation needed]

Reporting Options

In order to ensure witness protection and victim safety, there are a multitude of ways to report a crime. Dependent upon the severity of the crime and the victim's level of comfort, they can choose different methods of communicating their concerns to the Police or other authority figures.

  • A victim may meet with a staff member of the Women’s Resource

Center. At this time, the victim may prepare a statement regarding the assault.

  • If the accused person is a student, the victim may file a report with the

Office of Student Integrity for investigation

  • If the accused person is a faculty or staff member, the victim may file

a report with the Office of Human Resources for investigation. AND/OR

  • The victim may file a report with Georgia Tech Police or local police for

a criminal investigation. Reports to GTPD will be shared with the Office of Student Integrity and will be investigated for campus violations. The Women’s Resource Center can provide an advocate to assist with reporting to campus or local police. OR

  • The victim may file a confidential report with the Office of the Dean

of Students, Department of Health Promotion, Department of Housing professional staff, or the Women’s Resource Center

  • Victims may choose a confidential reporting option where general information

is collected for campus statistics but the case is not investigated.

  • If information is provided that would identify the accused person, federal

law requires the Institute to investigate the case. Examples of identifying information include but are not limited to: name, e-mail account, apartment or room number, job title (i.e., TA for particular class, etc.), and/or specific description.

  • The victim may file no report and still receive support services.[citation needed]

Procedures

All GTPD reports are forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students for review and potential action by the Office of Student Integrity. GTPD investigators will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation will also be forwarded to the Office of Student Integrity. In the event that a situation arises that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) will issue a “timely warning” to the campus. GTPD also shares warnings from local police departments if the campus area may be impacted.[citation needed]

Terms

The GTPD has to define the boundaries and meanings of each term used in the rules. For this purpose, the clearly defined terms are thus: • Campus: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor). • Non-campus building or property: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the Institute; or (2) any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the Institute’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution. • Public property: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.[citation needed]

Goals and Action Plan

The Goal and Action Plan is stated in the GT Evaluation by the Police Department itself. "Goal: Grow the Police Department and streamline the command structure to keep in stride with campus growth and effectively manage requisite resources to enhance the safety and security posture of the GT community. Action Plan: Implement collaborative arrangements with federal, state and local Homeland Security agencies to address current and future threats to the safety and security of the GT community." [2]

Summer of 2002 Crime Increase

Robberies on campus made a strong increase during the Summer of 2002; which was of serious concern to students and faculty in Georgia Tech. During this time, the GTPD was also busy with two crimes being committed on opposite ends of the campus on the very same day. "At 11:05 p.m., the dispatch was informed of an armed robbery in progress at the Matheson Residence Hall on East Campus. Two males approached the student’s door looking for a friend. Five minutes later, they returned and robbed the students at gunpoint, escaping on foot with their wallets and a cell phone. The men escaped with a total of $70 worth of valuables" Earlier the same day, at about 11 another student was robbed on Cherry Street by two robbers. The correlation between the crimes was never found though. On June 11, two students were held at gunpoint, and demanded to give up any cash, on the intersection of Ferst and Sixth street. [3]

Precautions Post 9/11

After September 11, many of the students and staff felt the need for greater security on campus, due to the city location and large yet easily accessible campus. The GTPD added a fulltime police watch to the nuclear reactor on West Campus by the Howey Physics Building. West campus is often seen as more secluded and far from the central buildings on East campus, therefore the change was needed and well appreciated. This does however mark the only major policy change after the tragedy.[citation needed]

References

  1. Crime Awareness (2009) November 22, 2010 from http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/handle/1853/31342/crime2009.pdf?sequence=1
  2. GTPD Evaluation (2008) November 22, 2010 from http://etdold.gatech.edu.www.library.gatech.edu:2048/gtonly/sacs/sacs_review/reference_docs/gt_af_evaluation_police.pdf
  3. The Technique (2002) November 22, 2010 from http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/handle/1853/7851/news-2002-07-12.pdf?sequence=3
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