Campus Safety Awareness Month

Posted On September 29, 2020
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As we move swiftly through the fall 2020 semester, Student Victim Assistance reflects on the month of September.  September was National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was created by Congress in 2008 to promote campus safety awareness for students, faculty, and staff. This month Student Victim Assistance is featuring the Georgia State University Police Community Outreach Team and Georgia State University Police Department Officer Burton from the Clarkston Campus. Both assist student crime victims and educate on safety for all Georgia State University campuses.

What does GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY Police Department do within the community? 

The Georgia State University Police Community Outreach Team is composed of 10 members who are responsible for Crime Prevention and the H.O.P.E. team (Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement). Crime Prevention provides brochures, presentations, video notices, social media campaigns and surveys to boost crime prevention awareness on campus, as well as similar programs to university partners and local elementary, middle and high schools. The H.O.P.E. Team assists those experiencing homelessness by finding resources that help them transition to permanent housing.

Who is Officer Burton, what is his role, and how is he active with students on Georgia State University campuses? 

Officer Burton has been in university law enforcement for 15 years. His work within the Georgia State University community expands beyond just a job. In his own words, he wants to be a “guide for the next generation” and was led to Georgia State University to continue that mission.

Aside from being a patrol officer, he enjoys participating and volunteers his time to help with Georgia State University Student Victim Assistance monthly Blue Table Safety Talks.  Officer Burton enjoys being part of the student lead conversations as a way to have more positive police-citizen interactions.  He is also a bike officer because students feel an officer on a bike is more approachable than one in a patrol car.

What are some tips you’d like to provide to incoming and returning Georgia State University students? 

Know your police information: The Georgia State University Police Emergency phone number is 404-413-3333. The main precinct is located at 15 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303 at the Atlanta campus. The Perimeter campuses also have their own precincts.

Be aware: Keep a watchful eye on all your belongings and do not allow your friends to get you in trouble.

Download the LiveSafe app: LiveSafe is a safety tool that provides a quick, convenient and discreet way to communicate with Georgia State University Police. The app allows the user to easily share safety information and concerns directly to Georgia State University Police using text, picture & video, receive important alerts & notifications from Georgia State University Police, and access important phone numbers and safety resources.

Request an in-person escort: Call 404-413-3333 or use the LiveSafe app to request a safety escort to nearby parking decks, public and private parking lots, bus stops and train stations.

Follow COVID-19 guidelines: Pay close attention to Georgia State University’s new social distancing and health guidelines you received via email and the new signage throughout our campuses.

If you are facing immediate danger, call 911. Georgia State University Police can be reached by dialing 404-413-3333. For non-emergency assistance, call Student Victim Assistance at 404-413-1965 and press 2 to speak with an on-call advocate. Student Victim Assistance staff will follow up on the following within 24hrs.