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Office of Public Safety
Room 251, Old Main
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA  98503

Phone: 360-438-4555
Fax: 360-459-4124

Safety and security mission

The Saint Martin's University Office of Public Safety provides a proactive force of trained personnel to serve and protect the physical property and the members of Saint Martin's University and its parent monastic community, Saint Martin's Abbey. Security officers assist with established crime prevention and awareness programs, provide necessary public services to assist the University and the visiting public and regulate traffic and parking. The Office of Public Safety implements and enforces applicable local, state and federal laws, as well as the rules and policies of both the University and the monastic community. Campus Security exists to insure the health and welfare of the community and provide a safe environment for all faculty, staff and students that will enhance the quality of the educational experience. Campus security oversees the policies, procedures and resources necessary to support academic success.

The goals of campus security are to:

  • Provide proactive education, training and support on safety and security issues to all members of the Saint Martin's community.
  • Report any activity that may require intervention from either the University administration or an enforcement agency. This includes compiling written reports and documentation as required by University policies and by local, state and federal regulations and laws.
  • Assist all members and guests of the Saint Martin's Community whenever possible.

To fulfill its mission and meet its intended goals, the Office of Public Safety constantly works to provide the safest environment possible. Security officers patrol the campus on a regular basis noting and reporting safety and security concerns, everything from inadequate walkway lighting to incidents of vandalism.

On duty 24 hours a day, security officers are available to assist community members in a variety of ways including giving safety escorts, unlocking car doors and jumping vehicle batteries. SMU security has primary responsibility for enforcement of University rules, regulations, and policy, applicable local, state, and federal laws, and enjoys a close working relationship with local police and fire services as provided by the City of Lacey and Thurston County.

The office seeks to support all aspects of the Saint Martin's academic mission and to provide prompt, fair and compassionate application of all rules, regulations and guidelines equally, without prejudice or preference.