By David Miles
Director of Public Safety
In the last edition of The Equinox, the editor wrote in her “Editor’s Desk” column about how “Accidents Raise Safety Questions.”
The university has voiced concerns on many occasions to try and address the issue of pedestrians being struck on River Road and it does become more personal when it is a member of the campus community.
Everyone at the university feels the pain when these types of accidents occur.
Some changes were implemented a few years ago, but in light of the recent accidents, more does need to be done.
Yes, River Road is a county road and county officials need to be involved to have any changes made.
I do applaud student Dennis Rozestwinski for taking the lead on this on behalf of all students.
Hopefully changes will be forthcoming. The editor also talks about the Clery report and reporting of crimes that we are required by federal law to publish on an annual basis.
I do agree that even one instance of any crime is one too many, but unfortunately the campus is not a bubble and immune from crime. I wish that there was a magic wand that we could use to prevent anything bad from happening on the campus.
Unfortunately that is not the case.
I have been writing an article in The Equinox for many years.
I always end my articles with the sentence that “If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding Public Safety, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
I can only count a handful of times when any member of the campus community contacted me to discuss any security concerns.
I, like the editor, would hope that if a member of the campus community does not feel safe on the campus that they would come forward.
Even if you do not want to come forward and express your concerns in person, you can do it anonymously.
The Department of Public Safety has an online anonymous reporting form. It is called Silent Knight and can be found under the Department of Public Safety section of the university website.
While all members of the Department of Public Safety are committed to providing safety and security to all members of the campus community, you must know that security is everybody’s business and Public Safety really is a shared responsibility.
Again I will urge you that if at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding Public Safety, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at email@example.com.
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