By Ashley Parmer
Students, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and elected officials joined President Glover for a campus safety walk at 10:45 p.m.on Nov. 5, just one week after the president unveiled her 10-point safety enhancement plan. The walk, which took place two weeks after the TSUPD and Metro Police Department joined forces, provided first-hand knowledge of how the campus is patrolled following the Oct. 22 shooting incident.
“It is most important that we realized two weeks ago that tragedy occurred, and we’re going to ensure that safety remains a priority on our campus,” said President Glover.
During the walk, residence halls, the new courtyard, campus center and the new TSUPD satellite office were visited to emphasize the improved safety of high-traffic areas.
The tour of the residence halls, which included both an all-female and all-male dorm, gave insight to the safety improvements taking place in the halls. Each student has an identifying sticker for their specific dorm on their I.D. This allows security guards and residence assistants to easily identify students that belong in those dorms and students that do not.
The new courtyard, the site of the shooting incident, will have additional lightening installed to “flood the walkways” once they get the correct fixtures, explained Dr. Curtis Johnson, director of Emergency Management.
“It’s not something you can just go into Wal-Mart and buy,” Glover said.
While some of these measures were a part of the six out of 10 points that were already in place but just enhanced, the newest measure was the new TSUPD satellite office located right across from the new courtyard. The office serves as a convenient location for TSUPD to be accessible to students.
The office, which opened Nov. 1, is open 24-hours a day. The police department uses this area as a substation. Police receive their roll call and assignments from the substation.
“Unlike a precinct where officers get roll call, receive their assignments, and go out into the community, this is a substation which is a little bit different. There is always somebody in this area around the clock, from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.” said Chief of Police Anthony Carter.
Students are able to come to this office if they have problems or need to speak to a police officer.
This safety walk was not the first safety walk conducted by the president this semester.
“Sometimes it’s been the drive-through, but we have done it three or four times this semester. We didn’t just start this, but it has become more prominent,” said Glover. And this will not be the last one, she added.