Over the past years, the campus of Florida A&M University has experienced many crimes ranging from batteries, robberies, aggravated assaults and rapes.
Lt. Norman K. Rollins of the Florida A&M University Police Department stated that the figures are not alarming compared to the previous years or compared to other universities.
“Many of the crimes we hear on the news are reported as ‘near FAMU campus’ reports. Whether intentional or unintentional, we need to work with our media partners to ensure that these reports are not misleading to the general public,” Rollins said.
2013 crime statistics are recorded as part of the Jeanne Clery Act and can be obtained on-line on the FAMU website:
Chelsea Jones, a junior business administration student from Winter Park, Fla., thinks the campus alerts are consistent.
“The response time could be improved. Maybe there needs to be more cohesiveness between the security guards and the officers, possibly staffing more officers. Go over code protocol with students during orientation, so students can know what codes mean,” Jones said.
Wayne King Jr., a senior business administration student from Nashville, Tenn., believes that the alerts are slow but FAMU Police Department moves quickly.
“The alerts are slow, but I do feel safe because the FAMU Police Department gets their job done,” King said.
FAMU continues to improve its safety programs, which includes: campus safety presentations, campus safety assessments, Student Escort Teams, Campus Alert Systems and other initiatives.