University of Dayton reveals new public safety initiatives

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – University of Dayton Public Safety is rolling out a series of initiatives that are designed to increase safety and visibility on campus.

One of their newest initiative is continuously lit red and blue lights on each cruiser to make their presence on campus a lot more visible.

“I think you have you be proactive.  Reaction is not nearly as effective as prevention and planning for.  The best fight is the fight you don’t have and that can be prevented,” Executive Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police Rodney Chatman said.

Some additional new University of Dayton safety initiatives include:

  • Facilitating “Fair and Impartial Policing Training” for their 31 officers
  • Hiring a “Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Officer”
  • Conducting a five-week “Citizen Policy Academy” for faculty, staff and students
  • Implemented “Public Safety Substations”, in which UD officers will staff a house in the student housing areas surrounding campus, at select times during the week and other high-activity periods like St. Patrick’s Day, according to Chatman.

The new police chief expressed that safety was one of the main topics of concern during orientation visit, “Students and parents are asking for more visibility of public safety on campus, and we’ve stepped up efforts this year with more walking and vehicle patrols,” Chatman said.  “My job I see it as making the students feel safe in the neighborhood.  Make them feel as though the business that brought them here, getting a quality education, is something they can focus on without having to worry about having to worry about how they’re getting from the library back to their residential housing.”

Chatman became executive director of public safety earlier this year and emphases regular interaction with students throughout the year and community policing will help make the campus safer.

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