LSU's Adopt-A-Hall Connects Students and Police
BATON ROUGE - More than 5,500 students live on the campus of LSU and the Department of Residential Life works to make the experience both safe and enjoyable.
“The things that we prioritize at LSU is safety, first and foremost. We want to give students every precaution that we have to make sure they are safe in their living environment. If you don’t feel safe where you live, obviously, it’s tough to focus on school, being social, all of those different things,” said Andrew Bock, LSU’s residential advocacy coordinator.
LSU has several campus security initiatives in place like surveillance cameras, card access entry systems, LSU Police patrols, and the Adopt-a-Hall Program.
“We have 12 communities here on campus and we have 12 officers in each one of those communities,” said Reginald Berry, LSU Police Department’s assistant operations commander.
“It allows the officers the opportunity to connect with the students on a more personal level. We’re not just there as the bad guys, so to speak, we’re there to help them in their daily lives and their education here at LSU. It gives them the opportunity to see us in a different light as well. Hopefully, maybe even as a friend. Someone they can confide in and get good advice from,” said LSU Police Officer Mark Nehlig.
Nehlig graduated from LSU in 2011. He has been a part of the Adopt-a-Hall program since its creation in 2013.
“We all get into this profession at a basic level to help the community become a better place where we live and I think that really affords us the extra opportunity to do that. It’s not just sitting in our cars, responding to calls for service, and helping in that way. But actually, connecting on a more personal level. Getting to know people’s names, their background stories, where they come from, what they hope to be, what their dreams are and what their career goals are. I think that definitely furthers the aspect of wanting to help the community,” Officer Nehlig said.
Adopt-a-Hall officers will interact with the students in a number of different ways.
“It can be as basic as just being in the hall on a weekly, if not daily basis. As simple as filling up our water bottle at the community instead of at the department. Or social programs. On Halloween, one of our officers brought his wife and his dogs and they all dressed up and went reverse trick-or-treating in the hall.”
“I think it’s a great program. It definitely invokes a sense of security in the residence halls,” said Jonathan Brown, a senior studying mass communication.
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