National Night Out 2016 at SMU features active-shooter simulation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4

National Night Out 2016 posterThe SMU community can learn more about what to do in an active-shooter situation through a simulated event that is part of the University’s National Night Out 2016.

The annual event, which promotes partnership among police and communities, is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the Main Quad.

The SMU and University Park Police Departments, along with student actors from Meadows School of the Arts, will be part of the active-shooter simulation, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of McFarlin Auditorium.

National Night Out also features free food and refreshments, as well as safety information from police and the University Park Fire Department. This year’s event is the culmination of SMU’s National Preparedness Month activities, designed to educate faculty, staff and students about safety in the event of evacuation, severe weather or lockdown situations.

SMU receives national award for outstanding participation in National Night Out 2014

National Night Out logoFor the second year in a row, SMU has received national recognition for exemplary efforts in crime, drug and violence prevention through its participation in National Night Out.

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) chose the University as a National Award Winner for outstanding participation in the 31st Annual National Night Out in October 2014. SMU was named an award winner in Category 10, Neighborhoods/Communities. Other honorees in the category included the University of Texas, UT-Arlington, UT-Dallas, Texas A&M, and military installations including Fort Campbell, Fort Drum, Fort Hood, Fort Meade and Hickam Air Force Base.

SMU Police Lt. Enrique Jemmott received notice of the commendation in a letter from the NATW’s national project coordinator, Matt A. Peskin.

This year’s event involved 38.5 million people in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide, according to NATW.

> See the full list of National Night Out 2014 honorees

Lighting Walk, National Night Out promote campus safety

SMU with Dallas evening skylineSMU’s 2008 Lighting Walk took place Oct. 7 in support of National Night Out. Personnel from SMU’s Physical Plant, Police and Risk Management departments gave presentations and discussed campus lighting needs in the context of safety, security, functionality and aesthetics.

As Daylight Savings Time draws to a close and the end-of-day walk to the car is darker than ever, SMU’s Park ‘N Pony office provides maps that mark lighted pathways to and from the employee, student and visitor parking areas. Pick up one or all at Parking and ID Card Services on the first floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center.