Updated: Apr 30, 2021
Sociology Professor James McKeever, a former probation officer in a juvenile hall, said that Pierce should implement community policing to create a relationship of trust between students and campus police.
“Community policing is when you walk the campus and introduce yourself to the students and get to know the students’ names,” McKeever said. “Make them feel welcomed so that they can trust you because when something does happen, they trust police officers and go to police officers.”
McKeever said that there were moments on campus where the deputies were “too heavy handed in handling certain issues.” He said that there were complaints of sheriff deputies driving their vehicles down Brahma Drive even though they are supposed to be walking unless there is an immediate emergency.