Campus Emergency Phones Get Makeover to Enhance Columbus State Safety

[caption id="attachment_3072" align="alignright" width="109"]Emergency phone with new look awaits student service on CSU’s RiverPark campus. Emergency phone with new look awaits student service on CSU’s RiverPark campus.[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. —Columbus State University Police are spending some of thei summer giving campus emergency phones a makeover.

CSU Police currently have 54 emergency telephone towers across main campus and downtown on RiverPark Campus. Towers holding the phones are being dressed up with eye-catching patterns selected by a CSU student vote.

“The new markings are intended to stand out so anyone who needs assistance can easily find them” CSU Police Lt. Jeremy Reddish said.

The new designs may be more fun, but the intent is serious since the emergency phone network provides students, employees and visitors with instant access to University Police. At the push of a button, callers are immediately connected to a police dispatcher at the department’s headquarters. Upon receiving an emergency phone call from one of the towers, a dispatcher can pinpoint the caller’s location and send police assistance. The dispatcher is also able to maintain continuous communication with the caller until police arrive.

University Police personnel perform routine checks to ensure the phones are operational. The towers are located in parking lots and garages, along primary sidewalks and other strategic areas to provide the campus community with convenient and direct contact with emergency services.

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