Police Plan JMU Safety Campaign

Posted: August 16, 2014

HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg Police Department will lead a student safety campaign next week as James Madison University students settle in to the Friendly City for the coming school year.

The initiative, which is set to begin late Wednesday afternoon, will target neighborhoods that largely serve as off-campus student housing, such as along Port Republic Road.

HPD has conducted the campaign each fall since the Springfest riot of 2010, community resource officer Chris Monahan said.

City police will be joined by the JMU Police Department, JMU’s Office of Student Accountability and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Emergency Communications Center in educating students on city ordinances, state laws and what sort of behavior is expected in the community.

First-year students will begin moving into JMU residence halls Tuesday. Classes begin the following week for the fall term in which at least 20,000 undergraduate students are expected to attend.

Monahan said extra patrols in the city can be expected the first four weekends of the school year.

Contact Preston Knight at 574-6272 or pknight@dnronline.com

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