Erin Blasko | October 13, 2018
Nearly 100 University of Notre Dame students attended a Student Safety Summit at Notre Dame’s LaFortune Student Center on Tuesday (Oct. 9).
The event took the form of a Q&A with local law enforcement, including Notre Dame Security Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata, St. Joseph County Assistant Police Chief Bill Thompson, South Bend Division Chief Eric Crittendon and state excise officer Nicholas Canal.
NDSP, in partnership with Notre Dame Student Government, the Office of Community Relations, the South Bend Police Department, the St. Joseph County Police Department and Indiana State Excise Police, hosted the summit.
Students were able to submit questions ahead of time, ask them in-person or submit them anonymously via Poll Everywhere, an online application. Topics ranged from crime prevention and reporting, underage drinking and campus access to the use of metal detectors on campus, police-community relations and police accountability.
The hour-long event included food and giveaways.
Responding to a question about the University’s approach to safety on an open campus, Shibata noted that NDSP officers constantly patrol campus for suspicious activity, and encouraged students and other members of the campus community to “let us know when you see something” suspicious as well.
“The University of Notre Dame wants to be a very welcoming place,” Shibata said. “That comes with some risk in that we don’t always know everyone who is on campus.”
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