Harrisonburg Police: 540-434-4436
HARRISONBURG -- College students are moving back to the Valley and getting ready for school. Local law enforcement is gearing up for another school year.
Harrisonburg Police want to make sure you are safe. One way they are doing that is by setting up a command center on Port Repubilc Road and Devon Lane.
Police said the tent is one more way to move officers faster in case something bad happens.
Stephanie Giba goes to James Madison University and lives off campus. She said when she is on campus or walking home she feels safe.
"Never had a problem feeling unsafe at all. There's always like the little blue lights and campus police. I've never seen anybody scary on campus," said Giba.
Giba said she knows every city has crime. She said when she always leaves her home, she takes steps to make sure she is safe.
"I never go anywhere alone, I always walk with a group of people. I always have my cell phone one me. I always make sure someone knows where I am going. I always keep my doors locked," said Giba.
This week, Harrisonburg police went door to door to student homes to educate them on who to call in case of an emergency.
Officers issued hand outs with different phone numbers. Police said this weekend will be a no tolerance weekend.
"Any crime we see. That is to deter more violent crimes. We figure if we are out there saturating showing a presence, that we can deter more a lot more violent crimes from happening," said Harrisonburg Police Sgt. Charles Grubbs.
Sgt. Grubbs said police are not doing anything too different from other years. There will be a few more patrols out.
"We are asking them to be more proactive to identify more people. The officers should see anybody who looks suspicious on their own. They will do field contacts and field interviews with people who may not fit the criteria for college students," said Sgt. Grubbs.
Giba said there might be too much patrolling.
"I think it's good that the police is trying to keep everybody safe but I think it's a little over the top to patrolling and unnecessary arresting," said Giba.
The command center will be up Saturday night and next weekend.
If you are a student or someone who sees something or someone suspicious you should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department, the number is 540-434-4436.
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