Resources and Services
Public Safety strives to provide the ISU community with resources and services to maintain a safe campus. Services and resources we offer include:
- Emergency Notifications (ISU Alerts)
- RAVE Guardian Safety App
- Online Crime or Incident Reporting
- Bicycle Patrol
- Safety Escorts
- Operation Identification
- Bicycle Registration
- Campus Watch Program
- Idaho Sex Offender Registry
- Crime Prevention and Safety Awareness
- Safety Education and Training Opportunities
- Public Safety Music Video
ISU Alerts is Idaho State University’s Emergency Notification System. Students, faculty, and staff can sign up through Bengal Web.
In an ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus environment, Idaho State University has added a new mobile safety app for the campus community.
The free mobile app is available on all four of the University's campuses: Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian, and Twin Falls.
The app allows users to set a safety timer to notify designated guardians if they are alone or in an unfamiliar location.
In addition, the emergency call button can s a notification to Public Safety with one click, providing the user's information and GPS location. Users can also s text or photo content directly to University officials if they witness something suspicious on campus.
Incidents and crime and be reported to public safety online using our Incident Report Form.
If you would like to report a crime or incident anonymously, you will need to use our Anonymous Report Form.
The ISU Public Safety Department bicycle patrol unit logs over 3,000 miles each year patrolling the campus area. All patrol officers at ISU have been through the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association's basic school.
In addition to patrolling the campus for criminal activity, bike patrol officers also take part in several community-related bicycle safety fairs where they teach young people the basic of safe biking.
During the fall enrollment and new student orientation, mountain bike officers can be found giving new students tours of some of Pocatello's finest trails.
If you have any questions about the mountain bike unit, please contact Public Safety at (208) 282-2515.
You never have to walk alone at night on the ISU campus!
ISU Public Safety provides students and employees safety escorts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (208) 282-2515. Virtual escorts are also available through the RAVE Guardian Safety App.
Operation Identification is nationally recognized by law enforcement as a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in the home or business. This program has existed for over 30 years.
The Operation ID program allows law enforcement to detect, identify, and return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner.
The Operation ID program involves marking or engraving property with an identifying number and displaying a window decal to discourage burglary and theft. The ideal identifying number is your state issued Driver's License number which is easily recognized and traced by law enforcement. Avoid using your social security number.
Public Safety has engravers in our Pocatello office located at 625 E Humbolt and the Idaho Falls office located at 1784 Science Center Drive (Bennion Bldg).
There are 3 important steps required to participate in the Operation ID program:
- Mark property or valuables with an identifying mark, preferably your driver’s license with state abbreviation followed by the license number. For example: ID-AB123456C
- Inventory your marked property on a form with descriptions including brand, model number, and serial number. Keep it in a safe place.
- Display the Operation ID decal on windows after items 1 and 2 are complete to show participation in the program and discourage burglary.
Registration is free at the Public Safety Office, Building 27, or complete and submit the online bicycle registration form.
- Over 2.1 million bicycles have been reported stolen in the U.S. in the past three years. This figure is probably higher, as many bicycles are never reported stolen.
- Over 75% of bicycle theft victims who reported the crime received no insurance money.
- The $1,000 lock guarantees are difficult to collect because of restrictions and limitations.
- A thief who breaks a lock will almost always take the broken lock so there is no evidence. Lock guarantees require the broken lock as proof of lock failure.
- For every auto theft in this country, three bikes are stolen. While 66% of stolen autos are recovered, less than 20% of bikes are returned.
Don't let a thief steal your bicycle!
- Use a good bicycle locking device. A U-type lock or a high-security padlock with a case hardened six-foot cable is recommended.
- Secure both wheels and the frame to a bike rack.
- Personalize the bicycle for easy identification. One effective technique is to remove stripes placed by the manufacturer, and then paint your own using weather resistant paint.
- Engrave identification number on the underside of the frame's diagonal bar near the crank housing, on the wheels near the valve stem, the crank, derailleur, front forks, etc. Cover engraving with clear fingernail polish to prevent rusting.
Bicycles are regulated pursuant to the Human Powered Vehicle Procedure.
Campus Watch is a program for university housing residents that is based upon the Neighborhood Watch program. Since its introduction in 1995, the Campus Watch program has proven to be a valuable tool in preventing crime on the ISU campus.
There are area programs designed to give members a chance to interact with Public Safety officers, discuss security concerns on campus and also receive special security demonstrations. Quarterly safety newsletters, which are filled with safety tips and ideas for preventing crime, are available to housing residents.
Sexual Offender Registration
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education.
The Idaho State Police has provided the university with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at Idaho State University. This list is located and made available at the request of the public at the Public Safety Office. The State Police also notify Public Safety when a person on the list has withdrawn from school or terminated employment.
This information is made available for the purpose of protecting the public. Registry information is not to be used to harass or intimidate anyone. A person who uses registry information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to arrest and prosecution under Section 18-8326, Idaho Code.
Should you want information on all registered sex offers in Idaho click on the link below to the Idaho State Police Registered Sex Offender look-up. You may search by county and/or name and date of birth.
The Department of Law Enforcement attempts to assure that the register is accurate and current. although the registry database is updated on a regular basis, the information can change quickly. You are cautioned, therefore, that the information provided is date sensitive and only reflects that which has been received and subsequently automated by the Department.
Public Safety and Idaho State University aim to ensure that the campus community is conscious of their own safety.
ISU Public Safety officers coordinate efforts with the Director of University Housing, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Health, the Idaho Falls Center Director and local police Community Services Offices to initiate educational programs in the areas of crime prevention and safety awareness.
This is accomplished through programs such as Campus Watch, New Student Orientation, New Employee Orientation, workshops, seminars, dorm meetings, newsletters and pamphlets that target individual areas of concern.
Areas of concern include, but are not limited to:
- residential security,
- personal property inventory,
- vehicle safety,
- alcohol and drug awareness,
- personal safety,
- rape and acquaintance rape precautions,
- domestic violence issues,
- and what to do if you cannot avoid the occurrence of a problem.
Run, Hide, Fight Training, Active Shooter Education, and Information
Active Shooter On Campus
The Idaho State University Public Safety Department would like to remind the campus community that active shooter events are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
Individuals who survive an active shooter event generally have a "survival mentality." Here are some tips to help you develop survival skills:
- When you hear gun shots, don't second guess the situation
- Always know multiple exit points in any building or business you enter
- Get out if an escape route is available
- Leave regardless of whether others agree to follow
- Leave your belongings behind
- Help others to escape if possible
- Keep your hands visible to law enforcement
- If leaving is not possible, find a location to hide or remain where you are
- Lock or barricade the door, turn off the lights, stay out of the shooter's view
- Hide behind large items
- Silence your cell phone and keep quiet
- Start making a plan for getting out or fighting it out
- As a last resort when avoiding and denying are not safe options, you will need to disrupt and incapacitate the shooter.
- Use improvised weapons such as a fire extinguisher - discharge or throw
- Make a plan and assign roles (some yell & scream, others throw backpacks/books, someone discharge fire extinguisher, several grabs for the weapon, etc
- Be intentional and use aggression
- Fully commit to your actions and surviving
Faculty and staff must be cognizant that students are likely to follow their lead in an active shooter event.
"Run, Hide, Fight" is a trademark of the Houston Police Department.
Public Safety is available to provide active shooter survival training to individual departments and divisions. Ideally, this can be accomplished in a 15-20 minute presentation during regularly scheduled department and division meetings.
After the presentation, a walk-through can be conducted of specific offices and classrooms to discuss escape routes and barricade options.
Please give us a call at (208)282-2515 to schedule a presentation.
Sexual Assault Training, Education, and Information
More training and resources:
Family Services Alliance offers a 24-Hour Crisis Line for domestic violence situations. Call (208) 251-HELP (4357) to access the crisis line.