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Silent Witness Program

Silent Witness Program

Perhaps you've witnessed a crime on campus, or you have some pertinent information about a crime or incident that could be helpful to the University Police, or another law enforcement agency.  We understand the apprehension about reporting crimes or incidents face-to-face with police, so we have instituted the Silent Witness Program at McNeese State University. We all know the tragic history of Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and other universities. The lessons learned from these tragic events is that members of those campus communities later realized that observations had gone unreported. Our goal is to provide the method for observations to be reported, investigated and assistance given to help prevent violence on campus.  The Silent Witness Program is established to bring information of concern to the attention of university officials for analysis, which serves to heighten “situational awareness” and our ability to gain knowledge in a timely manner regarding security or safety matters that could impact our campus community.

The McNeese State University Police Department Silent Witness Program provides a means of anonymous communication to provide us with information on unsolved crimes, criminal behavior, susicipious behavior, wanted fugitives, or any possible threat to the safety of our university community. The SIlent Witness Program also allows you to report matters of improper conduct and behavioral anti-social acts too.

Anonymity is guaranteed. No personal information is collected with the Silent Witness Program information unless it is voluntarily provided by the reporting party. If you would like follow-up contact by the University Police you may include your name, address, phone/cell information and/or email address, but this information is not required. Crimes reported through this program are reviewed and investigated by the University Police Officers and Investigators. All information submitted through this program is confidential, as outlined in state law and/or university policy.

To facilitate this program the University has also established a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) to conduct threat assessments, to review, investigate and respond to all information received under program confidentiality procedures. McNeese State University expects and encourages students to demonstrate a reasonable concern for their own welfare. This is particularly true in the areas of self-harm and harm to others. Reports that are submitted regarding student or staff behavior or other concerns will be reviewed by a panel of interdisciplinary campus professionals. The panel will make assessments and determine appropriate actions depending on the scope of the information or nature of an incident.

This program is not designed to report emergencies, or a crime in-progress. You may report your information online anonymously by clicking the link below:
Please call 9-1-1 if you need emergency assistance or call University Police DIspatch at 337-475-5711.

Silent Witness Form

MSUPD 2015.04.09 Silent Witness Training Program.pdf