Located along the oceanfront in Newport, Rhode Island, Salve Regina University is on a mission to prioritize safety and security for its more than 3,000 students and staff. The 80-acre campus is patrolled by 31 officers, 24/7 on foot, marked security vehicles, and police mountain bikes.
Key to Strong Student, Campus Safety Partnership
Like similar smaller campuses, size does have its advantage when it comes to creating and maintaining a strong student, campus safety partnership. A smaller campus makes it easier for students to get to know campus safety and build that relationship. This has been essential to creating a safe environment at Salve Regina University.
According to Michael Caruolo, Director of the Office of Safety and Security at Salve Regina University:
"The world that we live in is becoming more complex. There isn’t a
day that goes by that we haven’t thought about an attack. We make
sure we’re prepared with training for emergencies and we’re
mentally prepared for them.”
Caruolo takes a holistic approach to managing campus safety and understands the value of creating a strong relationship between students and his safety and security officers. The University offers officer-led self-defense workshops to help students learn how to recognize and reduce risk, increase awareness, as well as provides basic hands-on training. This is a great way for students to get to know the campus and security officers and be more open to going to them should an incident take place or to report an incident.
Bolstering Campus Safety and Security with Technology
Salve Regina University students walking across campus don't have to go far to get direct access to campus safety and security officers. The campus has several visual security features, such as emergency telephones and blue light phones that connect directly to the Office of Safety and Security.
In addition to visual security solutions, Salve Regina University also leverages a robust emergency notification solution that allows safety and security officers a chance to gain better insight about incidents happening on campus and of course, to respond faster to an emergency. Safety and security staff can send out mass notifications, such as severe weather warnings or campus closures, to the entire Salve Regina community.
Another major part of the Salve Regina safety and security toolset is their custom-branded campus mobile safety app or what they like to call a "virtual blue light phone in everyone's pocket". About 26% of the student population use the app and incoming students are introduced to its features during orientation. The campus mobile safety app offers students an emergency call button that delivers the user's safety profile and GPS coordinates to safety and security officers upon its activation.
The app also includes a virtual escort called a Safety Timer, which can be programmed to a set time and destination to confirm the safe arrival of a student as they walk across campus at an odd hour. If a student also happens to see something suspicious, they can report it through the app's anonymous tip submission feature.
All of these tools help to strengthen Salve Regina University's commitment to providing a safe campus environment for its students and staff.
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