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New captain on campus

Captain Chris Day of the Los Rios Police Department stands watch over City College. Photo by Teri Barth | Online Photo Editor | [email protected]

City College’s new police captain, Chris Day, has transferred from American River College with 20 years of experience under his belt.

“The job is the same; the responsibility of campus safety is the same. It’s just a new location,” said Day.

Day isn’t the only one making a move. Currently, the Los Rios police captains are being rotated for professional development.

“[It’s] so that we know each others’ campuses, staffing and administration for safety concerns and emergencies,” Day explained.

Day has worked for Los Rios since July 1994, when he was hired as an officer at Cosumnes River College. From there, he was promoted to sergeant and eventually to captain at American River College in 1999.

Day is a native of the Bay Area, and moved to Sacramento to attend California State University, Sacramento.

“I started off as a business major,” says Day. “[But] it was not something that kept my interest.”

He had a meeting with his academic counselor to discuss what he might be interested in pursuing for a career. After being handed a description of potential occupations, a career listing for Fish and Game Warden caught his eye.

Day switched his major. His grades improved and he received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. In the early 1990s, during his final semester at CSUS, Day got an internship with the Department of Fish and Game. It didn’t translate to a job, however, because the DFG was in a hiring freeze, and those few who landed jobs were being asked to relocate to southern California.

At the time, Day said, he did not want to move and chose to stay in Sacramento where he worked various jobs—security at Arco Arena, park ranger for Fulton El Camino Parks and Rec. and park ranger assistant for the county parks district—before being hired at Cosumnes River College as an officer.

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Police Corporal Andrew Robison says Day will be a positive influence, on not only the police department, but on City College.

“Students shouldn’t be afraid of him,” said Robison, about Day. “[He’s] an all-around good guy. He’s a pretty easy going boss.”
Robison says, Day is still adjusting to the feel of City College and making his contacts on campus, but getting it all squared away.

“[City College] staff, administration, everyone has been extremely supportive, knowledgeable, informative and helpful,” says Day. “The staff out here has been great; showing me around, introducing me to folks. I’ve been out walking and getting familiar with the campus procedures, policies and day to day activities.”

Day describes himself as a face-to-face kind of person, and has been making a point to personally meet with people, attend committee meetings, and talk to people.

In addition to his duties on City College’s main campus, Day is in charge of the West Sacramento and Davis branches of the school.

Day says petty theft is the biggest crime district wide, but that this semester has been fairly quiet.

“[For officers] I’m encouraging high visibility, lots of foot patrol, getting out and being seen; heading problems off before they become a bigger problem,” says Day.

Day said knowledge of campus safety procedures is a priority. He aims to make sure that all classrooms are outfitted with emergency procedure charts, that safety information is readily available and that all police officers are equipped with mandatory active shooter training and crisis intervention training.

Day has made it a point of having a police presence on every committee so that safety concerns can be addressed.

“We’re working to put together a video of campus safety items that we can post on our website. We also want to add the Run Hide Fight video, with information on active shooter [situations],” said Day.

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