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Update to AlertSU system test Conducted on Wednesday, August 20
A test of Stanford University's AlertSU system was held on Aug. 20th, at 12:15pm. Faculty and staff were sent messsages from the Alertsu system via SMS text, email and phone in order to test upgrades that have been made to the mass notification system.
During the test, SMS and email notifications were sent and received appropriately; however, there was an issue with the phone notifications which manifest in a variety of ways for different people. Some community members answered their phone and were disconnected; others received messages with no content; still others did not receive a call at all. In some cases, the system retried the numbers multiple times and may have been able to get through and deliver the message, while others continued to be disconnected. Public Safety is currently working with the vendor and with ITServices to address and resolve the issue so that future phone notifications will be delivered properly.
We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience and thank you for your patience and cooperation as the university takes steps to upgrade this system.
The gas line break in the area of Lomita and Roth has been repaired as of 5:00pm. The area is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
PG&E are on scene. Gas leak has been shut off. Repairs in progress. Please stay away from the area until futher notice.
Additional updates will be posted as available on this website.
At approximately 9:44 am on Monday, September 18, 2014, a gas line break was reported in the area of Lomita and Roth. Police, Fire are on scene and PG&E will be here in 45 minutes. No building evacuations have been made at this time. Stay away from the area until further notice.
Additional updates will be posted as available on this website.
The follow up investigation of the sexual battery that was originally reported on 8/7/2014 has revealed additional information as follows: On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at about 6:17 p.m., deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a sexual battery that had just occurred, reportedly near Nixon Elementary School at 1711 Stanford Avenue on the campus of Stanford University. Deputies responded immediately but were unable to locate the suspect. After conducting the initial investigation, the deputies determined that the crime actually occurred in the 2300 block of Amherst Street in Palo Alto.
The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her fifties, was out for a walk. She initially observed the suspect walking his dog on California Avenue near Birch Street. When she was on California Avenue near Williams Street, the suspect walked up to her with his dog and engaged her in conversation. They walked together westbound on California Avenue for several blocks. The suspect began making inappropriate comments to the victim, and when they turned right onto Amherst Street, the suspect groped the woman’s buttocks and breast. When the victim took out her phone, the suspect fled in an unknown direction with his dog.
The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-twenties, about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a light blue buttoned shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He has short brown hair and a closely-groomed beard. He had a tattoo on his right forearm with writing on it. The suspect’s dog was a gray and blue pitbull with white spots on each paw. The victim estimated the dog was about 80 pounds.
Palo Alto and Stanford Detectives are actively investigating this incident. This case is not related to two other battery cases that occurred in the same area last month; police arrested the suspect in those two cases.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.
The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted at this website if it becomes available.
On August 8, 2014 at 6:15pm a female victim contacted the Stanford Police Department and reported that she was groped by an unknown male subject. The incident occurred near Stanford Avenue and Raimundo Way.
The victim identified the suspect as a Caucasian male adult in his mid twenties, approximately 6' 3", with a thin build. The victim further described the suspect as having short hair, a light beard, and wearing a light blue shirt with blue jeans. Additionally, the suspect had a tattoo with unknown writing on his right arm. The suspect was also walking a dog, described as a grey pit bull. The suspect was last seen walking on Stanford Avenue towards Peter Coutts Road.
The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department.
Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.
The Department of Public Safety is located at 711 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305. You can find us on the corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street, in the Police and Fire building. We are across the street from the Valero gas station on campus. The main office is open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am-5pm; however, officers are on duty 24 hours/day, every day of the year.
Our phone number is (650)723-9633. In an emergency, please dial 911.
The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe, secure atmosphere that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property at Stanford University within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
The members of the Stanford Department of Public Safety are committed to providing high quality, public safety services with a strong emphasis on customer service. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to honor the spirit and letter of the laws we are charged to uphold; we strive to enhance our professional skills and knowledge; and we dedicate our full attention to our duties in order to earn and maintain the public's trust. The hallmarks of our service will be a dedication to the principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and courtesy. We are committed to upholding these values. Let us know how we can best serve you.
Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.
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