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Salisbury University, City Meet To Discuss Recent Assaults

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SALISBURY, Md. - In light of recent assaults involving Salisbury University students, a meeting was held Wednesday morning to discuss methods of increasing security both on and off campus.  The university issued the following statement about that meeting:

"Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach and Salisbury Mayor Jake Day co-hosted a meeting of leadership from government, education, business and law enforcement today to examine some of the larger issues surrounding crime in areas on or near campus.

Over two recent weekends, a student and others were assaulted and robbed at Cedar Crossing, a student was assaulted and robbed near the tennis courts, another student was hit and inappropriately touched on Bateman Street, and a University Police officer was assaulted when trying to make an arrest following an attempted bike theft near Bateman.  All involved local youth.

“Each of the incidents is being investigated by the appropriate authorities, and I’m gratified that a number of arrests have been made,” said Dudley-Eshbach.  “Some of these led to injuries, which could have been far worse. Although I feel that generally our campus is safe, we want to be diligent in our follow-up and in working with other agencies.”

“The community and University have a close relationship and work together well,” Day said.  “We want to place these events in a context of patterns and trends.”  He noted that although property crimes in the City have gone down, the number of juvenile arrests are going up.  He spoke about tremendous public support for the recently launched City Youth Development Advisory Committee and the need for City youth programs and education efforts.

Law enforcement and education leaders also discussed ways they could improve communications among their agencies, noting that the same names of youth in trouble reappear on their different lists.  The University Police officer who was assaulted during the bike arrest was praised for his handling of the incident.

The President listed new efforts the University would investigate to improve safety, including a possible loitering ordinance for areas near campus, a review of staffing for University Police, possibly even more campus cameras and blue light phones, a review of communications protocols between University Police and student affairs officials, and further student safety education, including increased awareness of the escort and Safe Ride services available from campus. 

The Mayor noted that thousands of students are now riding the downtown trolley, another safety feature, and he offered to communicate with parents as well who have concerns about student safety. 

“The safety of students is my first priority,” the President added.  “I am grateful to all who are collaborating to create a safer community.”

For more information on current campus security and crime prevention measures of University Police, including trainings and tips, visit www.salisbury.edu/police

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