Irwin Bakin, chief of police for Sunnyvale, Calif., is poised to become the Maricopa County Community College District’s first security director.
Chancellor Rufus Glasper announced Tuesday that he is recommending the district’s governing board officially hire Bakin at its meeting next week. Bakin has been Sunnyvale’s chief for about eight years; before that, he was an assistant chief for the Phoenix Police Department.
MCCCD, the nation’s largest community college district, does not have a police department, but each of its 10 colleges has a security team. The security director will be responsible for writing public safety policies and training the colleges’ officers.
If hired, Bakin’s first job will be creating a firearm policy that will allow the district’s 31 certified officers to carry guns on campus, Glasper said in a news release.
A new state law going into effect today gives police officers the right to carry guns in public places. MCCCD currently forbids anyone from bringing weapons onto its campuses and will continue to do so until it has rules about how its officers can use their guns.
Last week, the new law’s sponsor, Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, criticized the district for barring police firearms even after the law takes effect.
Bakin is scheduled to begin Nov. 1. Glasper and Bakin argue that MCCCD must have rules before officers carry guns.
“At this point, for the safety of everyone, the prudent thing to do is to develop policy before weapons are carried,” Bakin said in the news release.