Police Host Annual Campus Safety Day
This Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, campus police officers will enjoy the company of members of the Tech community during their fourth annual Campus Safety Day.
The Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) has planned activities on Tech Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to remind students, faculty and staff to keep their personal safety top of mind and to take an active role in keeping the campus safe.
There will be demonstrations by GTPD’s K-9 unit, and officers will be on hand with many of the resources and equipment used in the field. McGruff the Crime Dog will also be in the thick of things, patrolling the area to greet attendees as they visit with officers and other GTPD representatives. In addition, a new feature this year will be a DUI/texting while driving simulator provided in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Other campus groups participating in Campus Safety Day include Parking & Transportation Services, the Counseling Center, Stamps Health Services, Environmental Health & Safety, the Women’s Resource Center and the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee. MARTA police and Atlantic Station security officers will also join the GTPD and APD officers.
“Safety is our top priority, and this annual event allows us to showcase some of the tools that we use to help protect campus,” said Georgia Tech Police Chief Teresa Crocker.
And, since this time last year, considerable gains have been made in protecting campus: Campus crime has dropped by 24 percent, and, of four robberies this year, GTPD has made three arrests – two of which involved the robberies noted in the Jan. 15 Clery Act Alert. Additionally, the plain-clothes unit introduced a year ago has made more than 15 significant arrests
GTPD continues to encourage the campus community to heed the motto: “See Something, Say Something” in order to actively contribute to campus safety.
Campus Safety Day activities will take place on Tech Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in signing up ahead of time for the DUI/texting while driving simulator can do so online.