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Tennessee State University Introduces “5555” Emergency Number for Campus Community

Emergency CallNASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – For all emergencies at Tennessee State University, call 5555.

The University has initiated the new, easy to remember hotline number for emergencies, which went into effect Monday, April 6, 2015. Callers must dial (615) 963-5555 when calling from a non-campus landline phone.

According to TSU Police, this is all part of the continuing effort to improve security, better connect with the campus community, and introduce a phone number easy to remember.

“The ‘5555’ number is just one of a series of initiatives the Campus Safety Commission is putting in place to enhance the overall safety of the TSU community,” said Police Chief Anthony Carter.

The previous 5171 extension, which is still used to reach campus police, will be used primarily for internal communication and non-emergency calls, Carter said.

Last November, TSU President Glenda Glover, along with campus administrators, law enforcement, and emergency management, announced the establishment of a 15-member Crime Safety Commission. The role of the Commission was to help analyze and identify areas for improvement, hold discussions with crime prevention experts and other professionals to design and implement best practices. The Commission includes a cross-section of law enforcement personnel, TSU students, administrators, faculty, alumni and community partners.

“The ‘5555’ emergency initiative is a result of the Commission’s work,” Carter said.



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