Committees & DTFs

WFSE (Union) Letter (9-24-02)

September 24, 2002

Dr. Art Costantino
Vice President, Student Affairs
The Evergreen State College
Library Building, 3rd Floor
2700 Evergreen Parkway N.E.
Olympia, Washington 98505

Dear Dr. Costantino:

On behalf of the police officers of The Evergreen State College (TESC), the Washington Federation of State Employees requests the review of the police department's Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the adopted recommendations of the limited arming public Disappearing Task Force (DTF), and considerations for the implementation of the 24/7 police arming on campus.

The police officers of TESC request your support in addressing the issue of full-time arming. The overall safety for TESC students, faculty, staff, police and visitors are paramount in this request.

Presently, police officers, as covered in the SOP, are required to work under problematical and dangerous constraints. The limited arming constraints prevent the police officers from adequately protecting and serving the community on a 24-hour basis. Evergreen's Community-Based Policing Program states, "effective communication provides the opportunity for all community members to clarify misunderstandings, reduce erroneous perceptions, restrict stereotyping and deflect rumors thereby understanding each other's community roles and respecting each other's individuality." In order to clarify each other's community role with safety and mutual respect at the forefront, this critical safety issue must be dealt with immediately. Officers must be prepared to respond to a critical incident at a moment's notice. Without this 24-hour protection, the overall community and police officers are in jeopardy.

Evergreen's police officers are fully commissioned and have completed the Criminal Justice Training Academy. Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States guarantee that their officers are provided with the "essential equipment" needed to protect and serve the citizens of their respective communities. These officers must be recognized and prepared the same as every other law enforcement agency.

We look forward to working with you on this urgent issue. Again, the overall safety of TESC community is the driving force behind this issue. We hope to resolve this sensitive issue as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Please contact me within the next couple of weeks to work toward resolution. I can be reached at the WFSE Olympia Field Office, (360) 786-1303.

Sincerely,

Randy Lorello,
Area Representative

Cc: Dr. Thomas L. Purce, President, TESC
Greg Devereux, Director, WFSE
Ed Rivera, TESC
Pamela Garland, TESC

Dr. Thomas L. Purce,
President
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway N.E.
Olympia, Washington 98505

Mr. Ed Rivera
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway N.E.
Olympia, Washington 98505

Ms. Pamela Garland
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway N.E.
Olympia, Washington 98505