The Renegade Rip

BC hires a new college safety director

Jocelyn Sandusky, Features Editor

February 10, 2020

Shelly Castaneda, former Chief Deputy of the Kern County Sheriff’s office, accepted the executive director of college safety position at Bakersfield College on Feb.6, according to an email sent to the Bakersfield College community. Castaneda interviewed for the position on Feb. 2 at the Levan Center. Castaneda spoke in front of a hiring committee and explained how she woul...

Drunk drivers increase in number

Luis Rojas, Reporter

September 20, 2019

Drunk driving statistics keep escalating dramatically in California  Recent studies show that fatalities in California involving drivers with high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) have jumped more than 6 percent in only one year. California’s BAC limit is currently 0.08 percent and there has been an increment in alcohol-related fatalities in the last year.  These st...

Public Safety Training Associate Professor Brent Burton (far left) and Bakersfield College Public Safety Director Chief Christopher Counts (far right) teaching BC students and staff how to stop the bleeding of a major arterial wound in the Levan Center, on March 6.

Public Safety at Bakersfield College Conducts an active shooter training

March 14, 2019

“Run. Hide. Fight.” Bakersfield College Public Safety Director Chief Christopher Counts discussed to students, faculty, and staff on how to respond...

BC holds public safety career expo

Todd Banker, Reporter

October 15, 2018

Bakersfield College held a Public Safety Career Expo on Oct. 10. The expo consisted of 65 local, state, and federal agencies. The event was crowded with students, faculty and agency personnel. Bakersfield College Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science Professor Patricia M. Smith said the expo helps students answer questions regarding public agencies and their educational require...

Bakersfield College’s Department of Public Safety discusses increase in car burglaries near campus

Christopher Counts talks about active shooting incidents.

Jenny Brito, Web & Social Media Editor

February 25, 2018

A rumored increase in vehicle burglaries on Panorama Drive has had Bakersfield College students worried this semester. On Feb. 15, Cristopher Counts, Director...

Public Safety tips and training for an active shooting

At the Active Shooter Training workshop, Christopher Counts discusses how active shootings can escalate and how to people can remain safe.

Jenny Brito, Reporter

October 23, 2017

the Department of Public Safety, hosted an Active Shooting Response training on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Indoor Theater at Bakersfield College. The training...

Public safety issue email of bomb threat near campus

Mario Saldaña, Digital Content Editor

March 23, 2017

Christopher Counts, the director of department of public safety, issued out an e-mail of a false bomb threat located near the Bakersfield College at the GET bus stop north of the campus on March 17. Around 11:35 a.m. public safety received a phone call from the GET bus dispatch center, informing them about an individual male attempting to board a bus, but was rejected from...

BPD arrest car thief suspect on campus

BPD arrest car thief suspect on campus

February 15, 2017

Vehicle theft in the Administration parking lot ended with an arrest on Feb. 10. At about 1:20 p.m., the Public Safety office received a call reporting...

Male suspect who’s involved in the incident in BC parking lot has been arrested

Mario Saldaña, Digital Content Editor

January 26, 2017

The Bakersfield Police Department have arrested the suspect who was involved in the incident at the parking lot that involved a woman being sexually harassed on Jan. 23 early in the morning. The conformation of the arrest came from an email that was sent to BC students by the department of public safety director Christopher Counts with this official statement of events: “The...

Woman attacked by a male near the college campus

Mario Saldaña, Digital Content Editor

January 23, 2017

The Bakersfield College Department of Public Safety was informed of an incident that occurred on Christmas Tree Lane near Mt. Vernon Avenue between 8:30 am and 9:00 am on the morning of Jan. 23. A female student walking to the campus this morning on Christmas Tree Lane near Mt. Vernon Avenue noticed a Hispanic Male, late teens to early 20’s Average build, 5’2”,...

BC students express concerns over safety

BC students express concerns over safety

October 18, 2016

In wake of three public safety alerts in a month near Bakersfield College, students have mixed feelings about their safety on campus. Out of 46 stud...

BC campus crime stats released

BC campus crime stats released

October 18, 2016

The BC Department of Public Safety has released its annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report detailing the statistics of all criminal incidents...

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