Crime Reporting

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In addition to reporting emergencies to the Security Department (after notifying 911), reports of crimes which are non-emergency in nature or delayed should also be reported to the Security Department. At the time the crime is reported, a Security Officer can assist the victim in making a report with the Spokane Police Department if requested. Filing a report with Security is not the same thing as filing a report with the Spokane Police. In some cases the victim has the option of requesting a Spokane Police Department (SPD) officer to respond. SPD's normal procedure for non-emergency or delayed crime reports is for the victim or reporting party to call Spokane Crime Reporting Center at (509) 456-2233, where a report is generally taken over the phone. An online service is available at: www.spokanecounty.org/crimereportingcenter/

For making reports within the University, the Security dispatcher may be reached by calling ext. 2222 (313-3222 from non-campus phones). A system of exterior "blue light" phones are also programmed to dial directly to the Security dispatcher. An incident report is written for crimes reported to the Campus Public Safety & Security Department.

A representative from the Department is available to meet with a reporting party to explain resources and processes within the University, as well as the criminal justice system, and make referrals to appropriate assistance agencies. Reports received from these sources are forwarded to the Campus Public Safety & Security Department. Reports are evaluated for determining if a "Security Alert" to the community is appropriate, as well as inclusion in the required yearly crime statistics.

Crimes may be reported to Campus Public Safety & Security on a confidential basis if the reporting party does not with to pursue University disciplinary action or criminal charges, however, the University reserves the right in compelling situations to take reasonable action in response to any crime report. Anonymous reports of rape and sexual assault can be made through the University's Sexual Assault Response Team. All reports submitted on a confidential or anonymous basis are evaluated for purposes of issuing a campus-wide "Security Alert", as well as inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

Pastoral and Professional mental health counselors employed by the University have a professional obligation of confidentiality regarding information disclosed during a counseling session. The University does not include statistical information about crimes from such sessions. The University encourages counselors, if they deem appropriate, to advise clients of the options for reporting a criminal incident, including confidential/anonymous reporting, as well as reporting to Campus Public Safety & Security and police officials.

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