Life Pacific University was recently selected to receive the maximum grant of $150,000 as part of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to increase security measures across the San Dimas campus. The grant is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the Department of Homeland Security and in collaboration with the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Cal OES approved the University’s application to install wrought iron fencing and security gates around the campus to secure parking lot entry points and enclose exposed areas. In the Summer of 2022, LPU proactively launched a campus safety awareness campaign and strengthened security measures. The university added to its safety training in dorms and offices, fire and earthquake drill protocol, 24-hour surveillance cameras and security officers, and free mental health support for all students. LPU further wants to protect the campus with security fencing and gates to more fully monitor who comes onto campus.
“As the President of Life Pacific University and an LPU parent, ensuring the safety of our students is both a core value and top priority. While LPU has made progress in creating a safer campus environment, we remain committed to further enhancing security measures for our students, guests, faculty, and staff. I am deeply honored to work alongside dedicated staff who share this commitment, making it possible for us to establish a secure haven for our students and offer assurance to parents and families.” — President Angie Richey, Ph.D.
Implementing this level of security will cut down on the exposure the campus currently faces on the corner of a busy intersection at two main thoroughfares. Gates will be sized to accommodate any Sheriff’s Department personnel, Fire Department apparatus, and emergency vehicles to gain entry onto campus during inspections and emergencies. The grant will cover the majority of costs for the fencing and gates project. The remainder of the project will be met through the donations of alumni and friends, philanthropic grants, and university resources.
General Contractor and LPU Facilities Manager, Mike Kreykes, will be the designated Project Manager. Eddie Flores, Director of Campus Safety, is also a retired police officer and Terrorism Liaison Officer, former Active Shooter Training Team member, and military veteran who will consult with Kreykes. Vice President and COO George Bostanic will oversee the project.
We are thrilled to continue to working toward improving all aspects of the university and are looking forward to utilizing this grant money to benefit our students and the wider San Dimas community.