SCPD makes safety around Santa Clara University a priority. By assigning a dedicated task force to patrol the area around campus on weekend nights, and making contact with students and faculty, SCPD is making a presence and a commitment to student safety.
The task force is called Team 200 and is made up of two to six officers. This team is specifically assigned to patrol the area around Santa Clara University (SCU) on Friday and Saturday nights during the school year.
At the beginning of the school year, police officers along with SCU student government leaders, conduct an annual "walk-about" in the residential areas around the University. The group contacts students living off campus as well as non-student, full-time residents. The "walk-about" provides an opportunity for all those living near the university to share concerns and expectations.
During these visits, several informational items are handed out such as community handbooks and posters produced by the university stressing the idea that the students are part of the community and must be aware of how their actions affect other residents. Students also receive information on first response notices, municipal codes, and other important laws as well as the university's "Guide to Living Off Campus."