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FSU president addresses crime in Tallahassee

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 18:31:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Crime in Tallahassee, it weighs heavily on the mind of Florida State University President John Thrasher.

That's no surprise. He leads the university, a place where parents send their most precious gifts, their children.

President Thrasher says if the community doesn't work together to fight the crime, we'll never solve the problem. He is hoping to see a change soon.

Thrasher preaches student safety from day one.

"I always tell our incoming freshman that not a lot of good things happen after midnight but they need to be cognizant of their surroundings," said Thrasher.

But recently crime has become an increased concern. Just last month, there were two high-profile robberies on campus.

He wants to assure parents that they can trust the university's police department to keep their children safe.

"Chief Brown is doing a fabulous job with her team of our police officers with the two situations we've had they been able to catch the individuals," said Thrasher. "I have great confidence in Chief Brown and our team they are providing the type of service our students and their families expect."

When asked about safety on campus, FSU students have mixed responses.

"We always receive information from our professors. We've gotten really good training so yes I do feel safe," said O'Cassandra Remey, an FSU student.

"I feel kind of worried. Nothing happened my first year, but I'm sure security knows what they are doing," said Will Morton, another FSU student.

Thrasher hopes students and their parents know what a wonderful place Tallahassee can be.

"I love Tallahassee. I think it's a great place to work love and go to school with the three institutions we have," said Thrasher. "I don't think anyone in this community wants to see anything happening."

He believes it's going to take everyone coming together to make sure it stays that way.

Thrasher advises students to be aware of their surroundings and to travel in groups late at night.