Southeast Hosting Campus Safety Day Sept. 18


Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) will host Campus Safety Day Sept. 18 to promote campus and public safety, disaster preparedness and crime prevention.

Campus Safety Day is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Normal Avenue between Kent Library and Academic Hall. Normal Avenue will be closed between Pacific and Henderson streets. In the event of inclement weather, Campus Safety Day will take place Sept. 25.

Campus Safety Day is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to interact with safety personnel and officers from the campus and local community, said Jyothi Dirnberger, crime prevention officer with University Police. The day will provide educational awareness focusing on keeping yourself safe.

“Visitors can learn about safety issues and prevention while interacting with local and campus law enforcement officers,” Dirnberger said. “Visitors can learn about the services and programs DPS and our local agencies provide.”

University Police, DPS Emergency Management personnel and DPS Active Shooter training officers will provide information about safety services and programs, campus emergency procedures and the SE Alerts emergency notification system.

“Visitors will learn how University Police keeps our campus community safe and how they can be prepared for emergencies,” Dirnberger said.

Additional agencies participating include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Transportation, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management, Cape Girardeau County Public Health, Cape County Ambulance, members of Southeast’s Show-Me Gold program, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Southeast Missouri, a mixed martial arts studio in Jackson, Missouri.

Students will be able to participate in various activities, including impaired driving simulations in which they can wear “drunk goggles” and a seat belt convincer simulator. A texting while driving motor vehicle crash will be on display, active shooter trainers will be on hand, martial arts experts will discuss self-defense tips and class information, and fire extinguisher demonstrations will be offered. Specialized equipment along with fire department, ambulance and law enforcement vehicles also will be on display, and a photo booth will be available.

Refreshments provided by Chartwells will be available.