OSU seeks input on future of public safety

The first meeting was held Monday. The university said all are welcome to attend and give their input.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 7:45 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 11:17 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University held their first of four public meetings about the future of public safety on campus on Monday.

About 50 people talked in table groups about what they want the university to do about public safety.

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The administration planned these public meetings after Oregon State Police ended their contract with OSU to provide armed law enforcement to the campus. As of now, starting July 1, OSU will not have armed police officers patrolling the school. Freshman, Shelby Westerberg, said she wants to have more engagement with the community by public safety officers.

"There was a lot of discussion around having officers working on education and community in positive ways or in neutral ways to really build that community and for the most part work with students in ways that collaborative," Westerberg said.

However, the university hopes the next three days will give them a better idea about what the public wants when it comes to protecting the student body. Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations, said he wants everyone in the Corvallis community to be involved.

"We want to take stock what people this is a priority, what they value with in public safety," Clark said. "As a part of that, we want to address what law enforcement looks like in the future if Oregon State."

The three other community listening and input sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • March 10 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room from 10 a.m. to noon
  • March 10 in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • March 11 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The university said all are welcome to attend and give their input.

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