TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to Indiana State University Campus Police, homecoming celebrations took place last weekend without much criminal activity.
ISU Police Chief Michele Barrett credited an increased police presence for the low criminal activity.
“During the football game and during tailgating we had a lot of police presence,” Barrett said. “We just increased our patrols of officers around the tailgating areas and in the Sycamore Village.”
The SoberRide program also factored into the safety of students during homecoming festivities. This is where buses transport students from campus and along Wabash Avenue to the football stadium and back.
“There’s different bus stops along Wabash Avenue that would pick students up along the way,” Barrett stated. “We have designated stops from the game and back to campus.”
Barrett said that keeping students safe goes beyond just security for homecoming weekend. She explained that maintaining an honest relationship, and having open communication with students builds a safer campus.
“That is our main goal to interact with students from our community,” Barrett said. “To actually speaking in classrooms to students.”
ISU Director of University Communications Mark Alesia added that safety is the number one priority for the school.
“That’s the first duty that we have here at Indiana State University and we take that very seriously,” Alesia stated. “We’re fortunate that we have excellent law enforcement.”