Furthering their embrace of current technologies and trends, the college police department has released the Rave Eyewitness CODTIP text message program.
The new program will allow students to anonymously alert the police of potential threats or if something seems out of place.
The service can be utilized by sending a text message to 67283 with the message ‘CODTIP’ followed by whatever information is possible. According to an article on the college’s website, the sender will receive a message stating that the department received the information.
Police Chief Joe Mullin said that the sender might be contacted for further information regarding the incident if they feel it might help finding a resolution.
“We believe that as a community, we all play a role in creating the environment we want to live and participate in,” said Mullin. “This system allows everyone access to report suspicious activity, increasing the safety of us all.”
While the campus boasts high safety ratings, there are still issues as evident through the weekly police report feature in this newspaper. Whether it’s the theft of a book or an attempted break-in to a vehicle, the students and patrons of the college are the first line of defense against crime as eyewitnesses.
In many cases, it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the eyewitness to confront a criminal, but if you see something, say something. With the large, spanning campus and thousands of students, the police department can’t cover everything all the time.
Opening up to the student body shows trust and willingness to work between the two parties.
While the anonymity of the program might entice some to abuse the system, we at the Courier hope that doesn’t occur. The program should be used for its intended purpose, to prevent crimes and make the campus a safer place for everyone. Who doesn’t want that?
As the semester continues, keep an eye open for anything that could be out of place and inform the department. If used properly, this could prove to be a great boon to the college. In such an uncertain world that we live in, the more information available, the better.