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Important Safety Information from President Thrasher

Published October 30, 2019

This message to all Florida State University students, faculty and staff is approved by President John Thrasher.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher

Dear FSU Community,

I would like to address a handful of incidents that have occurred on our campus in recent weeks and assure you that the safety and security of everyone at Florida State University remains my top priority.

The professional, fully accredited FSU Police Department employs more than 100 men and women dedicated to preventing and deterring crime on campus, and they are investigating these incidents aggressively and with success. They have my full confidence and support.

Earlier this month, FSU Chief of Police Terri Brown ordered an increased number of patrols and officers in the areas around our residence halls and other campus areas. As a result, police were able to quickly apprehend the suspect in Monday’s early morning robbery in a short period of time. Our investigators are examining the case to determine if this suspect is connected to the other crimes this semester.

We continue to strive for the safest campus possible, adding 15 new officers and several million in security personnel and enhancements over the past few years. We have increased the lighting and cameras campus-wide, added additional patrols and vehicles, upgraded information technology across the police department, increased officer training, added more safety courses throughout campus, purchased new crime prevention software, upgraded facilities and equipment, and added body cameras.

Our police department also continues to collaborate with law enforcement agencies at Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department in a cooperative effort to fight crime.

For more information on how to stay alert and safe on campus, check out this 2016 article with advice from Charlie Strickland, Co-Owner of Talon Training and former Watch Commander at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.