Wednesday, March 09, 2011
From campus mandates to traffic safety initiatives, DUI campaigns and the student-led Bulldog Patrol, the SC State University Police Department is working to “take a bite out of crime” on the University campus. According to Chief Michael Bartley, the latest initiative, aptly titled Crime Talk, will utilize questions from SC State faculty, staff and students to combat crime.
“Crime Talk will allow the entire SC State University family to send any questions regarding safety and security on campus,” states Bartley. “These questions will be answered by the appropriate police department personnel, assisting in combating crime. We are expecting crime trends and crime prevention to be prevalent topics.”
SC State University Police Department’s Lieutenant Jacqueline Blackwell notes that advocates for the previous Chat with the Chief initiative may support Crime Talk even more. Chat with the Chief was an open forum that encouraged dialogue on campus safety and security, while Crime Talk includes a simple e-mail that will be forwarded to the Police Department. “People who were afraid to talk about a problem can actually do it without face to face contact with anyone,” says Blackwell. “Now, anyone who has a concern about crime can just go to their e-mail.”
To engage in Crime Talk, forward your questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blackwell says that all questions will be answered within 24 hours. For additional information on Crime Talk, call the SC State University Police Department at (803) 536-7188.