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Feb. 9, 2011
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SRU Police Department launches ‘Stop, Walk and Talk’ initiative

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Police Department will begin a “Stop, Walk and Talk” initiative Monday to foster more interaction between patrol officers and SRU students, faculty and local residents.

Police Chief Michael Simmons said the program requires officers on each shift to park and perform foot patrol in designated areas for one hour each shift.

The proactive policing approach “is intended to increase positive interactions between the campus community and the police department and to forge relationships between the SRU Police Department and the campus-at-large,” he said.

The campus has been divided into four patrol sections. An officer will be assigned a sector during his or her shift to patrol on foot, enter buildings and interact with the campus community, Simmons said. Officers will call the dispatcher when they begin their Stop, Walk and Talk shift and notify the dispatcher when they complete it.

Only one officer will be performing Stop, Walk and Talk at any one time. In addition, if a call requires more than one officer, then it will take precedent over the program. However, at the conclusion of the call the officer is expected to resume the remainder of their Stop, Walk and Talk detail.

The Stop, Walk and Talk is the first of three new programs the police will be implementing this semester to enhance campus safety. The University was recently named one of the safest institutions in the country by The Daily Beast. This is the second consecutive year that SRU has earned that honor.

The 20-member Police Department operates on a 24/7/365 basis, to protect the 610-acre campus as well as off-campus facilities, including the Old Stone House.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.