New FSU Top Cop Starts First Day

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

FSU Police Chief David Perry hit the ground running Monday. He passed out business cards and met students face to face.

"The first day has been great. I'm meeting a lot of people that I have to work with on a regular basis, and also getting time to meet several of the students, hopefully that I'll be able to interact with on a regular basis," says Perry.

With a new chief, students say they want changes on campus relating to safety, especially near the pedestrian tunnels along Pensacola Street and West Tennessee.

"The area isn't very well lit and it is extremely dangerous to walk at night. The possibilities for rape and molestation for the female members are pretty high," says FSU sophomore Jeff Stephenson.

"There are always safety issues, and even though they are really visible, I feel they can enforce the law a little more. Instead of just making themselves visible, they need to assert themselves a little more," says FSU freshman Heather Chechila.

While at FSU, Perry will oversee 61 sworn officers and 27 support staffers.

"My vision for the department is to continue to sustain the gains that have been made and continue to support the wonderful programs that are already in place," adds 34-year-old Perry, who was once the deputy director of police operations at Clemson University.

Prior to Clemson, Perry served as police chief at Albany State University.


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