I am pleased to announce that we will be launching our Security Ambassador Work Study program! I am very excited to add this next level to the Security program and looking forward to the evolution of the program as well! With this program, we are very excited to see an increased comfort for all on our campus! The Security Ambassador program will be an extension of our Security Department as a concierge and additional set of safety eyes!
What is the Security Ambassador program?
Great question! This new program is an added component of our university’s safety and security program. Security Ambassadors will be an integral part of the security department. Ambassadors will guide visitors to their desired campus locations, staff the campus access sites, assist community members, respond to daily calls such as door locks/unlocks, conduct safety escorts, be an extra pair of eyes for our facility team, and much more! We are currently accepting applications from eligible work study students only.
If I know of a student that would be interested, what should I do?
Earlier today, one of our university members was mugged and carjacked as you saw in the Star Alert sent out. I wanted to pass along more information and some preventative measures we all can take to reduce our risk and reduce the opportunity for crime.
First, I want to praise our university member as she did everything right during the situation. She immediately gave her possessions and keys to the criminals when demanded and was able to leave without any physical harm to herself or anyone around her. Again, the best thing to do is comply and survive as possessions can be replaced, people cannot.
Secondly, the university member ran to security to inform of the crime that had been committed. I want to thank the Security Team that responded and assisted with this situation.
What happened? The university member had just exited her vehicle that was parked on the city street near the corner of 6th and Maria. She began walking towards the university when the 2 assailants pulled up in their vehicle and demanded at gunpoint that she give up her possessions and keys. One of the assailants entered the university member’s vehicle and drove off towards 4th street away from campus. The other assailant followed in the other car.
The St. Paul Police Department was called and is investigating the incident. While there has been an increase in carjacking and muggings in St. Paul, we do not believe the assailants are around campus and do not believe they are likely to return to this area at this time.
While this particular crime could likely not have been prevented, here are some tips that we can all employ to try to decrease these types of crimes of opportunity:
- Students – Parking is included as part of your fees and all students are encouraged to park in the ramp. This is the safest place to park on or near campus as we have security monitoring all cameras, security patrolling the area, and our Parking Coordinator located on the 1st floor of the Ramp Tower.
- Employees – If you are paying for parking, you should also park in the parking ramp.
- Cameras – The ramp is covered with many cameras and is access card monitored.
- Security Safety Walks – If ever you feel uncomfortable, please contact security at 651-775-0444 (save this in your phone) and we will have an officer walk you to and from your vehicle.
- Lighting – In the evenings, always try to walk where lighting is best.
- Walk with others or a group. If classmates or others are not available, please feel free to contact security for an escort.
- Try to stay aware of your surroundings and walk with a purpose while surveying your surroundings. Please refrain from using a cell phone or engaging in other distracting behaviors.
I wanted to send out this Safety Advisory as we have received reports of carjacking’s and robberies occurring around Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Woodbury. This information was passed along from the St. Paul Police department, along with other social media post and staff. It is a mixture of robberies and carjacking’s from a majority of teen groups. The reports state that they are obstructing traffic and using fake weapons as fear tactics.
- Always park in well-lit areas.
- Never leave valuables in sight, always take valuables with you.
- Do not leave your garage door opener in sight.
- If there is debris or an obstruction in the middle of the road, do not stop to move it. Drive around the obstruction or reverse course.
- Contact security for a safety walk from your car to the building and vice versa.
- Have your keys in your hands as you walk to your vehicle and be prepared to quickly enter your vehicle.
- Always keep your doors locked.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not sit in your vehicle with the doors unlocked.
Our campus is a very safe place. Our security team is here to assist you with any safety or security needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to call! Security will be increasing CCTV exterior patrol along with increased foot patrols around our university.
Any security needs, concerns, and safety walks, please call 651-775-0444 or from any Metropolitan State University phone, ext. 1717. Please save these numbers in your phones.
This notification is to serve as a BOLO—Be On the Look Out—for Jermayl Dantzler. Mr. Dantzler is a community member and has been involved in past and recent violations of our policies. Mr. Dantzler most recently was removed from St. John’s Hall earlier today. He is no longer on the campus but is a high risk for returning to campus.
Below is BOLO for Mr. Dantzler. If seen, please do not approach, contact 9-1-1 and campus security (651-793-1717, or 1717 from desk phone) immediately. We are working with the St. Paul Police Department on this case.
- Name: Jermayl Dantzler
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 330
- DOB: 09/2/1986
- Actions: Violent Behavior, Destruction of property
- Trespass: 1 Year
- Summary: Jermayl Dantzler has a history of violent behavior against the community and aggressive actions towards staff and security.
At midnight on February 14th, 2020, the contract with G4S will end and the new vendor, Allied Universal, will begin.
Starting on February 15th, 2020, you will see some new security faces and uniforms.
I am excited to share some highlights thus far with Allied Universal
- We will be retaining approximately 7 of the current security officers
- Allied Universal has also recruited new employees from our community and surrounding areas
- All officers are being trained by Allied Universal regarding VAWA, The Clery Act, De-escalation, and other Higher Educational practices
We are excited to welcome this new partnership with Allied Universal!
As we have already seen, we are diving quickly into the slip, trip, fall season known as Minnesota Winter! If at anytime you are on campus and notice any slippery areas, please let security know! We do not mind throwing some salt down to prevent these!
Here are a couple different “steps” you can take as well! (Get it…steps…)
1. Anticipate ice – Pavement that appears to be wet may actually be black ice. Approach it with caution. A drop in temperature of just a few degrees can cause melted ice/snow to refreeze, making surfaces particularly slick.
2. Keep your hands free – Having your hands in your pockets decreases your balance and prevents you from breaking your fall if you slip. In fact, extending your arms out to the sides can significantly improve balance. Be sure to wear gloves or mittens for warmth and keep those arms free!
3. Take slow, short steps – Take the time to plant your feet securely with each deliberate step. Grab onto a railing or other sturdy fixture for extra security.
4. Improve your center of gravity – Increase your stability by pointing your feet slightly outward and keeping your body weight directly over your feet as much as possible.
5. Wear proper footwear – Shoes with grooved rubber soles that allow the entire surface of the foot to come in contact with the ground are safest.
6. Land safely – If you do slip, try to avoid landing on your tailbone, which can be particularly painful and slow to heal. Falling onto a fleshy part of your body, such as your side, is best if you can control it.