Colleges put safety in community's hands

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture

Most colleges and universities across the country average between 1.8 and 3 full-time security officers per 1,000 students, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice study. To compensate for this limited police presence, a growing number of institutions are launching two-way texting services and special cell phone apps to give students, faculty, and staff another tool to report suspicious activity.