A message from the Chief:

On behalf of the Campus Safety Department, I would like to welcome you to our home on the Web.  Whether you are a current student, staff member, or are interested in exploring educational or employment opportunities at Biola University, we appreciate your interest in the Campus Safety Department. Biola is located in the city of La Mirada, which was ranked 34th among the 100 Best American Cities in Which to Live (CNNMoney.com).  The city continues to rank as one of the safest communities in the region.   

Let me provide you with an overview of Campus Safety and the services we provide to the Biola community.  First of all, the Campus Safety Department’s primary responsibility is to provide for the safety and protection of our students, staff and visitors.  We are the primary law enforcement agency on campus and our officers have full police officer powers of arrest while on duty (Cal P.C. 836).  All of our Officers have received extensive training in administration of justice classes and additionally must complete a number of state-mandated courses (Cal P.C. 832).  We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (required by state law).  The MOU details our responsibilities for criminal investigations and required officer training (Cal P.C.830.7).  We receive tremendous support from sheriff’s deputies assigned to the La Mirada Community Station and we work cooperatively on all investigations. 

Campus Safety is divided into three internal divisions:  patrol, emergency operations/communications and administration.  Our patrol division is managed by Captain Jason Camorlinga, who supervises all field operations.  The patrol division has nine officers, three field sergeants and an investigator.  Additionally, the patrol division is augmented by a corps of student cadets who assist with student escorts, building unlocks, traffic direction and parking enforcement.  If you have any questions regarding our patrol operations, please feel free to contact Jason at Jason.Camorlinga@biola.edu.

The emergency operations/communications division is responsible for all telephone communications, as well as mass emergency notifications (Everbridge) at Biola. This division also handles our radio dispatch center, Emergency Operations Command Center, and monitors a system of campus security cameras which cover parking lots, residence hall entrances and other key areas of the University. The communications division is managed by Carissa Arango who is also the university’s Manager of Emergency Operations and Disaster Preparedness. Carissa can be contacted at Carissa.arango@biola.edu.

Our administration division handles a number of significant responsibilities for Campus Safety including campus parking management, parking permits for staff and students, citation appeals, and the coordination of access requests to campus buildings.  If you have any questions regarding parking enforcement, permits, or other special needs on campus, please feel free to contact the Campus Safety administrative office at campus.safety@biola.edu. Our administration division is managed by Justin Shelby, who also oversees officer training and crime analysis for the department. Justin can be reached at Justin.Shelby@biola.edu

Our highest priority is to provide for the protection and safety of students, staff and visitors to our campus.  To this end, we utilize a variety of innovative ideas to accomplish this mission.  Among those is a sophisticated CCTV system that monitors and records activities in public areas on our campus.  We also have an automated mass notification system that can contact every student, staff or faculty member via their cell phones or office phones regarding any on-campus emergency.  On the west and east entrances to the campus, we have gate houses.  The gate houses are staffed by security personnel during night and early morning hours to control vehicle traffic entering the campus. 

As the University’s law enforcement agency, our officers wear distinctive uniforms and patrol in marked vehicles.  We expect our officers to be proactive in dealing with on-campus investigations and all of us are a part of the department’s community-based policing program.  This program is designed to partner with our community in both crime prevention and investigations.  Our officers regularly meet with students and respond to on-campus residences for student and staff needs.  Campus Safety officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

We also provide specialized training for students in physical assault prevention through the Department of Physical Education.  This program, known as Rape and Aggression Defense System (RADS) is offered year-round. For further information about RADS and course offerings, please contact the Campus Safety Administrative Office.  In addition, information regarding crime prevention tips can be obtained in our offices. 

Campus crime statistics associated with the federal government’s student-right-to-know laws can be found on this website.  All statistics are reported annually to the federal government and are published for the review of our community.

Biola University is a wonderful place to receive an education.  We have a committed and dedicated staff who care deeply for the safety and protection of our students.  We are committed to providing the best possible service at all times to this community.  Your comments and concerns regarding any issue of public safety are always welcome. 

Sincerely,

John Ojeisekhoba, Chief
Campus Safety Department