“If you need us, we’re always here for you.” This was the message Public Safety Director John Schmaltz and Assistant Chief Mike “Kaz” Kaselouskas delivered to over 50 students who attended the inaugural Town Hall Public Safety Forum during Happy Hour on Thurs., April 6, in the Konover Campus Center Great Room.
Accompanied by Lieutenants Pete Begenholz and Chris Lyons, the group gave students an overview of the depth of experience within the department, stressing their willingness to not only help in crisis situations, but also encourage students to have a safe and enjoyable experience while at UHart.
“Our staff and officers are here to help make our community safe, and we do this in a number of ways, including relying on you, as students, to share your concerns and report behavior or activity you believe may be compromising,” said Assistant Chief Kaselouskas. “We’re not here to give you a hard time. We’re here to be a resource.”
Students asked questions about security procedures for Spring Fling. Director Schmaltz reminded students Public Safety officers would be traveling through campus on bikes by then. “This will allow our officers to cover the interior of campus, get to a location quicker, and allow them to engage with you.”
The officers answered drug- and alcohol-related questions, concerns about handling a crisis situation when local law enforcement is involved, and dispatch phone response times for routine calls.
“This forum is expressly for students to share their safety experiences on campus and let us know about those thoughts or questions of concern they might not share on a regular basis,” said Assistant Chief Kaselouskas.
Added Chief Schmaltz, “The event is a way for us to let students know that we are not here to say “no” at all times. We want students to have an enjoyable, safe time on campus.”