Update on Campus Security and Safety
By J. Michaux
Meter Staff Writer
As a result of recent safety issues on the Tennessee State University (TSU) Campus, the presence of police and security officers has been increased. The university has contracted with a security firm that began placing officers on campus on November 13, 2015. The security firm in partnership with TSU has established highly visible security checkpoints in and around the Floyd Payne Student Center. Each checkpoint has uniformed security officers in place and all students, faculty and staff are required to cooperate in the new safety standard and present their TSU issued identification card.
TSU is in the process of hiring seven (7) additional police officers to provide additional police patrols daily from 6pm to 3am. The additional police officers are expected to join the current security staff by the end of November. Extra security officers will also be placed in the residence halls and the apartments.
Campus safety is a team effort at TSU. The newly launched Student Safety Patrol has over 25 trained student volunteers to assist with safety observations, reporting incidents and providing escorts. The patrol is comprised of members of fraternities, sororities, service organizations and other related campus groups. Their goal is to assure students, parents, alumni and the public they are safe and secure on campus. The Student Safety Patrol members can be identified by yellow safety vests.
The on-going improvements in security and safety are the result of the October 23, 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Cameron Selmon of Memphis. The Metro Police Department is still investigating the shooting. They are teamed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to offer a $5,000 reward for information on the gunman’s identity. That is in addition to a reward of up to $1,000 offered by Nashville Crime Stoppers. There have not been any arrests and anyone with information or footage of the incident is encouraged to call crime stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.