By Natasha Punch
The More You Know: Campus Safety Edition open forum was held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at East Stroudsburg University.
The Monroe Hall classroom was filled with buzzing students prepared for questions. ESU’s Chief of Police, former Stroud Area Regional (SARP) Chief of Police, Chief William Parrish, was the main speaker at the forum.
Parrish wanted to build student morale towards campus police.
ESU students were presented the opportunity to speak freely about concerns of campus safety. Parrish left inquiries and questions up to the students to freely express their deepest concerns.
“I’m happy about this open forum. It was extremely informative-there has always been a negative stigma about campus police from students,” says Knydra Goodwyn.
Chief Parrish explained the new Live Safe App to students. The free app was designed to make (ESU) students aware that emergency help is accessible to them straight from their phone.
The LiveSafe app provides features such as, getting emergency help, access emergency phone numbers, location tracking and live chat.
Students can use the “SafeWalk” feature—a virtual escort allows friends or ESU police to walk you home.
“The LiveSafe app will help students be more cautious and be aware of campus safety visibility,” explained Marcus Narcisse, student affair chair for Student Senate.
Discussions about campus parking and potential routes changes of the shuttles to accommodate students raised a lot of questions in the open forum.
Officers announced that students are allowed to sit in to view security training.
Chief Parrish’s proposed goal was to educate students on campus security and to construct a positive student-police relationship.
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