Robert Morris University officers host “Pizza with Public Safety”


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Michael Delehanty, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP – Robert Morris University campus police officers came out to Hopwood Hall last Wednesday evening to answer students’ questions about different topics.

Acting Chief Jeffery Schmetzer was one of the speakers at the event. He was joined by officers Bill Wagner, Jordan Ross and Chuck O’Hara. Each public safety officer answered questions from the students that ranged in topics such as tailgating and parking on campus.

They also discussed the recent lockdown drill that occurred in Hale Center on Oct. 16. They said the idea stemmed from the video shown to students in the FYSP class “Shots Fired.” The police department decided that it would be a smart idea to train students even more, in case a building ever does need to go into lockdown mode.

“We’ve never done anything like that before,” said Chief Schmetzer. “We will definitely be doing more and training the students to be better prepared students in the event of a lockdown.”

Another big thing that was emphasized at the event was the role of the public safety officers on campus. They assured students that they were not there to get them in trouble, but to keep them safe.

“We’re not here to ruin anybody’s life,” Officer Wagner stated. “You all are here to better yourselves and further your education, and we are here to keep you safe.”

Pizza with Public Safety was an event arranged by Community Advisers on campus. The public safety officers and the Community Advisers wanted to introduce themselves to the student body and answer any questions they have about different topics relating to public safety on campus. The students that came out to the event said they were really hoping to get something good out of the event.

“I wanted to ask questions and I figured this was the best place to come and ask,” one student stated.

Campus police assure students that they are always available to help with any issues that arise on campus.