August 3, 2011 – Safety is the number one concern for the parents of first-year college students. This week, as new and returning Wildcats check into campus housing, they can take comfort in knowing that Fort Valley State University’s crime rate is at a record low. A recent report shows the university’s crime stats dropped for the second year in a row.
Each year, under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the university is required to disclose information about criminal activity on and near campus. FVSU Police Chief Ken Morgan said the Department of Police and Safety is proud of the results.
In 2007, student enrollment rose by more than 17 percent and has continued to climb in subsequent years. With the increases, security was beefed up at major events. The number of daily building patrols doubled; and the campus police department formed partnerships with divisions, such as the Office of Residential Life and Valley Behavioral Health Services, to provide a steady stream of safety awareness activities.
Dr. Dwayne Crew, associate vice president for business and finance, who oversees the campus police, said the latest crime statistics show the university’s commitment to safety. “Results of the recent crime report demonstrate that safety is a top priority for President Rivers. He meets with me and the chief of police to reiterate his ‘no compromise’ position on security,” said Crew. “The presence of security personnel at the entry gates deters [criminals] from coming on campus.”
This fall, Chief Morgan says officers are taking additional precautions to ensure campus safety.
Approximately seventy locations on campus have been identified for security camera installation. Later this month, campus safety will distribute updated quick reference guides to all faculty, staff and students about procedures to follow in emergencies such as campus shootings, fire and severe weather.
“We want to be proactive in our approach to safety,” said Morgan. “I’m proud to say that the Office of Campus Police and Safety has a vested interest in this mission. My officers really are committed to protecting the faculty, staff and students. I just can’t say enough about them.”
To read the report, visit The Campus Safety and Security Datahttp://ope.ed.gov/security.
For police assistance on campus, call (478) 825-6211, or send an emergency text, with a brief description and your campus location to 911fvsu@fvsu.
Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad, public relations specialist
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