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Santa Clara police chief named new campus safety director

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29, 2000 -- Santa Clara Police Chief Charles Arolla, who announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in November, has been named the new director of campus safety services at Santa Clara University.

Arolla is an SCU graduate who also attended the SCU law school before joining the Santa Clara police department 31 years ago. He graduated from the University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in social science.

He will assume his new duties at the University on Jan. 2, 2001, after his four-year term of office expires, said SCU assistant vice president Joe Sugg.

Sugg praised Arolla for his "integrity, a commitment to service, a sense of responsibility and accountability for his leadership role, and a record of continuous improvement."

"Charlie will take the department to the next level of performance and service," said Sugg. "His emphasis on service, training, crime prevention and interaction with the University community will upgrade the skills of every officer in the department. His tenure of service with the Santa Clara community will serve both the University and the city in their sustaining initiatives to enhance cooperation, joint efforts, and town/gown relations."

Arolla's wife, Norma, works in the University's development office. He is an Oakland native who graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco.

His accomplishments with the Santa Clara police department include establishing: a volunteer program, the department's first Web page, a community policing strategy, a citizens police academy, a school services unit and a DARE program in Santa Clara schools. He was assistant chief of police for six years and became chief in 1994.

Arollla's department has primary responsibility for security services for the 104-acre SCU campus, its 54 buildings, 7,700 students and 1,450 faculty and staff. Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university with a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. California's oldest institution of higher learning celebrates its sesquicentennial in the 2000-01 academic year.


For more information, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5126, or email For interviews with Chief Arolla, call the Santa Clara Police Department, 408-261-5300. For information about the University, see Color and black/white photos available from Media Relations.

<DIV align=center>New Campus Safety Director Charles Arolla, Class of '68.</DIV>

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