In December, FSW’s Public Safety changed its name to Campus Police Department.
“It’s just a matter of agency pride and recognition throughout the FSW community, letting them know were here and were here to help,” Chief of Police Jerry Connolly said.
Connolly, who has been chief for five months, made the change to increase the department’s visibility.
“Some people didn’t even know we had a police department,” he said. “That reinforced the need to rebrand and promote the police department. If people who work here don’t even know you have a police department, that’s concerning.”
The name has been changed on officers’ patches, the Lee campus front desk, and the department’s page on the FSW website. Soon, the department’s police cars will have the updated name, along with the officers’ uniforms.
This name change is the beginning of major changes Connolly wants to implement in the department by the end of the year.
“There’s a lot of changes that needed to occur with the public safety department,” Connolly said. “A lot of those changes are transitioning to modern policing practices and updating policies, procedures, emergency response plans, getting us to where we need to be to be a modern policing agency.”
These larger changes include active shooter training for officers, increase in firearms and riot equipment, and mutual aid with communities bordering the campuses. FSW officers will respond to distresses in those communities and local law enforcement will respond to distress on FSW’s campuses.