March 16, 2018

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Public Safety Presents CRASE Training

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Department of Public Safety will present Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in Jennett Lecture Hall Room 1111. This event is open to all faculty and staff.

Throughout the CRASE presentation, Sgt. Heidi Browning with University Police will discuss disaster response and how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active shooter event. She will also share steps everyone can take to assist law enforcement and limit casualties should they ever find themselves in this type of situation.

Browning said VSU’s Department of Public Safety has received a number of inquiries from the Blazer Nation community regarding active shooter response training following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She hopes to offer this training every semester.

The VSU Police Department is committed to doing all that is possible to build an environment that promotes a feeling of safety and security. Police officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They protect life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and repress crime, investigate reported offenses, apprehend offenders, enforce regulations and laws relating to traffic control, collect and preserve physical evidence, prepare cases for court prosecution or disciplinary action, recover lost and stolen property, provide general police services to the university community, and establish and maintain an enforcement policy which is consistent with the requirements of the law and with the best traditions of a democratic society.

The VSU Police Department offers a variety of crime-prevention programs and information sources to help the university community deal with safety issues. One such safety initiative is the police escort service. This program provides additional protection to all university faculty, staff, students, and visitors while walking around campus. It is in operation around the clock, and officers are prepared to provide a walking escort to any member of the VSU community to any location on campus upon request. Those who wish to utilize the service should simply dial (229) 333-7816 or use one of the emergency phones located throughout the campus. 

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