message from the chief of police
Dear FHDA Family,
A little, over a year and a half ago, I sent a letter after the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting and today I write a similar letter. As most of you may know by now, another shooting occurred Wednesday morning at 6:34 AM, at the Santa Clara County VTA light rail transit yard. Nine innocent individuals were killed and taken from their families. Officers and other first responders from multiple agencies responded to the scene in an effort to end and minimize the tragic event. The lives of many have been and will forever be affected. My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Personally knowing people who work for the VTA and many of the officers who responded to the shooting, reminds me how quickly our lives can change wherever you may be.
With the identification of the victims, I am certain some within our FHDA community could very well be affected by this tragic incident in more ways than they initially thought. As a reminder, the District has great resources should you or someone else need counseling through employee benefits or Student Services at both colleges (see links below). Please take care of yourself and each other by using these resources or at the very least, reach out to one another.
Our responsibility as employees of the District’s Police Department is to keep our community safe. To that end, we continue to work with many partners within and outside of our FHDA community. Our environment is a soft target for this type incident. Working together, we do whatever we can to ensure that we can at least recognize our vulnerabilities and prepare the best we can. Your police department already has training scheduled during the summer break. Included in the training schedule is active shooter training sponsored by UCSC PD at UCSC, which has proved to be one of the best in the business.
Preparing through training is all of our responsibilities, it may not be what we want to do but the reality is that it is a necessary task. If you have not participated in some available training, within FHDA or in the broader community, think about doing so. Please take the time to review “Active Assailant Training” on the FHDA Police website (see link below). While most of us do not remember all of the points at training sessions, anything learned is a step towards surviving an event like this. In addition to training, our leadership is committed to everyone’s safety. Safety assessments and discussions go on throughout the year. The purpose of continued assessments is to provide recommendations in any form, be it designs, policy or actions. The District Police Department is here to support you and your activities on campus and we would ask that you consider us both a resource and a partner.
I would also like to commend the officers and other first responders who moved quickly to end the tragedy, ensuring more innocent lives were not taken. As mentioned by many, this event could have easily been much worse were it not for their actions. Your officers wear the FHDA uniform proudly as they continue to keep the FHDA community safe every day of the year.
Lastly, please keep the families and friends of the nine victims in your thoughts. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Have a safe and wonderful day,
Chief Danny Acosta
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ( Police, Fire or medical)
- From a campus phone: Dial 9-1-1 (You don't need to dial "9" before calling 9-1-1 from a campus phone.)
- From a mobile phone: Call 408.924.8000
For nonemergencies: Call 650.949.7313 or dial extension 7-3-1-3 from campus phones
- to report non-violent crimes such as theft
- to report non-injury vehicle accidents
- to report minor disturbances such as loud music
- to request assistance with unlocking doors, jump-starting a car, or obtaining a nighttime police escort
- to inquire about parking issues, fingerprinting, lost and found items, and general district police information
When you call the nonemergency number, you will always be given the option to reach a dispatcher, even when the campus police substation is closed.
All police departments in the State of California are required by law to have a process in which a civilian may make a complaint against police personnel. Any person can file a complaint against a member of the Foothill-De Anza Police Department (FHDAPD). Each complaint must contain an allegation, an unproven accusation that a member of the Police Department violated Department or City policy procedure, rules, regulations, or the law. The complaint may be filed online at http://police.fhda.edu/_police-services/a_civilian-complaint.html , in person at either campus police station or through any Police Department member.
- The De Anza campus police substation is located on the Lower Level of the Hinson Campus Center, across from the Advanced Technology Center. (See the De Anza campus map). They are open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- The Foothill campus police substation can be found in the Campus Center Building 2100, Room 2103. (See the Foothill campus map).
- The Sunnyvale center police substation could be found in the Campus Building located at 1070 Innovation Way, 1st Floor, Admission&Records Office, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (See the Sunnyvale center map)
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- LOG IN to myportal.fhda.edu
- SELECT My Profile on the left navigation menu
- SELECT Setup Campus Crisis Contact Info (under Personal Information)
- ADD/UPDATE your Primary and Alternate Phone Numbers
Clery Act Annual Security Report
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the recent VAWA and Campus SAVE amendments, Foothill-De Anza Community College District provides this Annual Security Report for students, faculty and staff concerning security policies and the number of reported crimes and arrests occurring on our campuses. You can view the 2019 Clery Act Annual Security report here.
Active Assailant Training "RUN-HIDE-DEFEND"
"Run, Hide, Defend" training is the curriculum designed and approved by the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The video is sponsored by the State Homeland Security Grant Program. The training is intended to provide students, faculty and staff information on how to protect themselves and respond to an active assailant event.