Reminder: Seasonal safety message from Public Safety

With winter in full swing, UW-Green Bay Public Safety urges the campus community to take extra precautions when navigating walkways and roadways. For pedestrians: please wear appropriate footwear since walkways can be slick. Be sure to stop/look/listen when crossing roadways. When walking between parked cars, be mindful of bulkier winter clothing (avoid scratching cars as you pass). Please be aware of your surroundings while walking.

For drivers: please slow down and watch for pedestrians. Drive slow in parking lots and use additional caution near crosswalks. Watch for snow plows, and give them ample room and do not pass them. Maintain an emergency kit in your vehicle. Leave early and let someone know when to expect you.

Annual Security and Fire Reports available

UW-Green Bay’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Report are now available for the 2017-18 academic year. The reports contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, Public Safety, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The Annual Security Report also provides statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes. Copies of the reports are available by contacting the Office of Public Safety, IS 1024, by calling 920-465-2300 ext. #2.

Security Walk is Tuesday

Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: Join Chancellor Gary L. Miller on the annual Chancellor’s Security Walk on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to walk along and talk with the chancellor and other leaders for the purpose of discussion and observation of areas of concern that may affect security and safety on campus (e.g., areas of inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs, concern over traffic or pedestrian safety). The initial meeting place is in the Public Safety Conference room located in the Instructional Services Building, Room 1024. Suggestions on where to visit on campus should be e-mailed to Public Safety Director Tomas J. Kujawa no later than Monday.

Remember: Be careful out there

In case you missed it, there was a semi-serious traffic accident at about 11:45 a.m. Friday (Oct. 9) at the Bay Settlement Entrance to campus. Green Bay Police and UW-Green Bay Public Safety had to close uphill traffic on Leon Bond Drive for about 40 minutes because of a collision at the Bay Settlement Road intersection. A vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes of Bay Settlement was making a lefthand turn onto campus when it collided with a southbound vehicle. The two drivers — neither was believed to be a UW-Green Bay staff member or student — suffered minor injuries, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Public Safety experts counsel ‘Run/Hide/Fight’

In the wake of last week’s murders at an Oregon community college, local media inquired about UW-Green Bay training related to possible active-shooter situations on this campus. Although officials declined to go on camera, they did share a link to an employee-oriented video endorsed by the Office of Public Safety on its Emergency Information webpage. There, under a link labeled “Run/Hide/Fight Video,” is a short, thorough and realistically portrayed 5-minute clip produced by the city of Houston as a workplace training tool. Worth a look.

Public Safety earns $10,000 grant for OWI enforcement

Nearly $600,000 is being awarded to police and sheriff’s departments in communities across Northeast Wisconsin to fund extra patrols targeting drunk drivers. Recipients of $10,000 grants as part of the initiative were the campus police force divisions at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. WBAY-TV 2 carried a news feature earlier this week about the effort.

Police respond to weapon report

Green Bay Police and UW-Green Bay Public Safety squads responded at about 2:15 Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 16) when a concerned student heading home after class observed a person in the front seat of a nearby vehicle in the Wood Hall parking lot. The person appeared to have a handgun on their lap. The person did not make any threatening actions with the weapon and soon proceeded to drive away. UW-Green Bay Police Chief Tom Kujawa says that, after responding to the report and speaking with the student who phoned police, there was no reason to believe the campus community was at risk. State of Wisconsin regulations on casing firearms in a vehicle vary by the type of weapon involved, while the University-specific prohibition on weapons applies primarily to indoor areas. Kujawa praised the student who phoned in the report for being alert to what they viewed as something out of the ordinary. Kujawa said late Wednesday afternoon that police had already determined the identity of the second person, also a student, based on the vehicle information. They believe the individual had not brought the weapon into a campus building, had appropriately stored it out of sight in the locked vehicle during the day, and was in the process of again making sure it was safely secured before driving away.