By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
June 29, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Crime in Leon County is the highest in the state, but at FAMU, reported crime is the lowest it's been since at least 2000.
FAMU's Police Department says being located in an area with high crime rates has it's challenges.
"By being an open campus, we have traffic coming in and out of our campus all the time," said Chief Terence M. Calloway of FAMU PD, who have responded to the challenges by increasing police visibly on the campus.
Students have taken notice.
Devone White, a FAMU student from Miami, said "Everytime you need campus police, they'll be there, trying to help out or do something, trying to help somebody.
"So I feel like they care more about us than just the general area,” White continued.
Along with a visible police presence, FMAU also utilizes security measures, including more than 300 security cameras, blue light stations and text alerts that inform students when crime is occurring around them. They also have a service that escorts students to make sure they're not left walking alone at night.
FAMU PD says there's still work to be done, but for now Chief Calloway says for the most part what goes on at campus doesn't reflect what surrounding statistics imply.
FAMU PD's total reported crimes dropped by nearly 50% between 2015 and 2016. FAMU along with all other state Universities will be releasing in depth reports of crime on their campuses by October 1st, as required by Federal law.