GSUPD issues safety tips

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of Grambling State University: 

As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, the Grambling State University Police Department would like to offer you some information and tips to have a safe, happy and productive school year.

Starting this semester, Grambling State University police officers will begin foot patrols through campus dormitories to help improve campus safety. If you see a police officer walking through a dormitory, it is most likely a routine patrol.

The Grambling State University Police Department also offers a safety walk program to assist students, faculty, staff and visitors to remain safe at night. If you are walking alone at night at GSU, you may call the GSU Police Department at (318) 274-2222, and an officer will escort you to your destination on campus.

If you have any questions or concern about campus safety, please call GSU Police Chief Howard Caviness at 318-274-2222 or Chief Caviness’s cell phone 318-243-3829. 


The GSU Police Department also offers the following tips to remain safe during the new school year:

1.    If you are walking around campus at night, travel in pairs. Do not walk alone. If you are walking alone, call the police department for an escort. 

2.    Be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing earbuds, make sure that you leave one earbud out of your ear so that you know what is going on around you at all times, especially if you have night and evening classes. 

3.    Confine walking to well-lit, regularly traveled pathways. Avoid shortcuts and keep away from shrubbery, bushes, alleyways or any other areas where an assailant might be lurking.

4.    Always let somebody know where you will be. Do not get into a routine when walking to your destinations on campus. Try to use different routes. 

5.    If you are being signaled to pull over by an unmarked car with flashing lights and you are uncertain that it is a law enforcement officer, call 911, give the dispatcher your location, and the dispatcher can confirm whether or not it is a law enforcement officer. If you feel unsafe, especially when driving alone at night, you have every right to call 911 to verify the identity of an unmarked car that is pursuing you.