Despite initial concerns of safety after the recent murder of Mercer Law graduate Lauren Giddings, the Mercer Police Department says protecting students remains a number one priority as they enter the fall semester.
"We know that the students that come here are the sons and daughters of someone, and we want to keep them as safe as we possibly can," says Chief Gary Collins, Mercer Police.
Students say Mercer Police are out in full force at all times.
"As long as I'm on campus I'm safe. It's the second you get off the campus' perimeters it becomes a concern," says student Alicia Landrum.
The recent murder of Lauren Giddings is still fresh in the minds of middle Georgians, but on this campus that fear is a distant thought.
"Mercer's police are always going around, so there's nothing really to worry about," says student, Malendie Gaines.
Emergency blue light towers are all over campus. Students can press a button, and a police officer will immediately respond in person to the call.
"If a student's around campus, but not on campus, they can call us, and we will come to their aid," says Chief Collins.
He says more police will actively patrol the grounds this fall. Chief Collins also urges students to contact the Mercer Police any time at 301-HELP (4357).