"Ready for You," events highlight public safety resources

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Safety and Women's Resource Center will sponsor a talk by Connie and Howard Clery III on Tuesday, May 7, at 3 p.m., in the Library Browsing Area. Parking is in lot 13

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Safety and Women’s Resource Center will sponsor a talk by Connie and Howard Clery III on Tuesday, May 7, at 3 p.m., in the Library Browsing Area. Parking is in lot 13. 

The speakers will discuss the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal law originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The Clery Act is named in memory of the couple’s 19-year-old daughter Jeanne Ann, who was raped and murdered while asleep in her Lehigh University residence hall room on April 5, 1986. 

Jeanne’s parents learned that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the campus in the years before the murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact the law in 1990. The couple also founded Security on Campus, Inc., the first national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of criminal violence on college campuses and to assist victims nationwide. 

The talk follows a day devoted to highlighting critical incident resources for the UMass Dartmouth Community called Ready for U. The activities will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Campus Center Quadrangle (behind the Campus Center) and feature demonstrations by the UMD Public Safety Department as well as other local law enforcement agencies. Parking is in lot 6. 

UMD police will offer demonstrations on Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) at 11 a.m., and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) throughout the day. The Bristol County Sheriff’s Department will lead a bomb dog demonstration at 1 p.m., and also provide tours of its Mobile Command Center vehicle. 

Representatives from the Massachusetts State Police, Dartmouth Police, and Dartmouth Fire Department will participate. STAT Ambulance Service and the UMD Health Office will offer blood pressure testing, and the Massachusetts Freemasons will present CHIP, a free child identification program, operated in conjunction with the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. According to Officer John Souza, there is no age restriction to participate in the identification program with children as young as age two to college age individuals and older welcome. 

For more information about the Jeanne Clery Act, see www.campussafety.org/. Contact Officer John Souza at (508) 910-6499 or Officer Steve Mello at (508) 999-8770 for further details about Ready for U, events.


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