Grambling, La. (KNOE) – Grambling State University is beefing up security at its annual TigerFest celebration.
The GSU works with the Monroe Police Department, Lincoln and Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Offices, and the Louisiana State Police to ensure student safety throughout the week.
“We have so many law enforcement partners who have partnered with us to make sure Grambling State University is safe,” said Penya Moses, Grambling’s Chief Operating Officer, at KNOE.
The Monroe Police Department set up a mobile command center on campus and added lights and security cameras to popular areas.
“I see why the Monroe Police Breath Alcohol Testing Unit, this big RV has to be here because now you have an increase in non-students,” Senior Georrein Dupre explained.
The school also unveiled a new safety app called G-Safe. It allows students to report suspicious activity to the police in real time.
“When you use the app, immediately alerts go to our dispatcher,” Moses said. “He will inform our chief and our deputy chief. “
Students will also be required to observe a 9 p.m. curfew. Some students, who did not want to appear on camera, expressed frustration at the restrictions but understood it was for their safety.
“Now you have a traumatic situation, the first thing they cling to is that there was no security,” Dupre explained. “Now you have the security to prevent that.”
Dupre says the added security will give Grambling a safer feel for students and visitors.
“For non-students, it should be safer for them,” he said. “They have extra security, they have this and they have that. They should even know I’m not going to Grambling. It’s not something negative. It’s not a place I can’t be.
The G-Safe app can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.
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