The Georgetown University Police Department is implementing increased campus safety measures in response to the series of attacks around the world in the past week, including Paris and Beirut, as well as threats made against Washington, D.C. in an unverified video from the Islamic State group.
GUPD Chief of Police Jay Gruber notified the university community of the new measures in an email on Nov. 16.
“The university is putting extra security measures in place to maintain campus safety,” Gruber wrote. “We are in close contact with the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department to ensure we are doing all that we can to provide a safe and secure campus.”
The GUPD maintains a close relationship with the FBI and the MPD that involves sharing information relevant to campus safety, including any leads on potential threats.
Gruber explained the expected changes as a “high-visibility protocol,” which will be in place for an undetermined length of time.
“You will notice increased visibility of police officers on and around our campus. We also count on our community to keep us safe,” Gruber wrote.
Gruber particularly emphasized the need for community members to contact the GUPD should they notice any suspicious activity.
“We really count on the public to provide us with information on things that seem out of place, or people or situations that seem suspicious. Students and community members should never be afraid to contact us,” Gruber said. “If it’s something that’s normal, and there’s a reason why the person’s doing it, then that’s great. We have no problem with that activity taking place. But if it is something of concern, we want to know about, investigate it.”
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