Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: April 1, 2010

For more information contact, Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247

Southwest Tennessee Community College Receives an "A" on the American School Search Safety Report

The American School Search gave Southwest Tennessee Community College an "A" on its Safety Report, indicating the college experiences no significant crime problems. The American School Search Safety Report is based on the U.S. Department of Education public data for 2009 for various categories of violent and non-violent crimes committed both on-campus and off-campus over the last three years. According to their analysis of the government data, Southwest is a safe place to study.

Accordingly, the "Crime on Campus" Report most recently published by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) indicates the crime rate at Southwest decreased by 7.3 percent from the year 2007 to 2008.

James H. Bolden, director of Police Services/Public Safety for Southwest said, "The overall reduction in campus crime at Southwest is a glowing endorsement of our inclusive community-based policing efforts. While the Department of Police Services/ Public Safety has employed numerous innovative strategies in combating campus crimes, we surely could not have achieved the level of success without the collaborative efforts of the administration, faculty, staff and students. Our Campus Watch Program has without a doubt produced the desired result."

In recent years, the Police Services/Public Safety Department at Southwest implemented several initiatives to help provide a safer environment at the college; bike officers were added to the patrol division; blue light emergency phones and Rave Wireless, a cell phone and e-mail alert notification system were put in place as safety precautions; and the Campus Safety Technician (CST) program which employs federal work study students (criminal justice majors) through a 20-hour weekly work schedule was developed for the performance of the following tasks:

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Photo caption: Southwest Campus Safety Technicians are pictured with (centered, left to right) James Bolden, Southwest President Nathan Essex, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services Ron Parr, and Executive Director of Government Relations Sherman Greer.