Bradley University Police Department Chief Brian Joschko said despite the recent off-campus shooting, the Bradley community remains a safe location.
Joschko said it is always important for students to be congnizant of themselves and those around them in any situation.
“Be aware of your surroundings, know who you’re around and who’s around you. Whether you’re walking down the street, or you’re at a party, or you’re at a bar, it doesn’t really make any difference,” Joschko said. “Paying attention to what’s going on around you and not being distracted and keeping your guard up – I think those are all relevant things.”
The party during which the April 8 incident took place was reported to have been advertised on social media. Joschko said that students should use caution when posting any personal information to social media.
“I think students should always be careful with information that they post on social media, and it doesn’t have to be just about posting parties, but whatever other personal information it is that they’re revealing about themselves,” Joschko said. “I think any time the students are on social media, they really need to think through any of their posts and information they provide out there.”
Joschko said BUPD is always available to students if they feel something is amiss, even if they aren’t sure their concern is valid, it is still important to notify police.
“We’d rather be called out 99 times of 100 for something that’s nothing than not be called out the one time it was actually something,” Joschko said. “Report suspicious activities. It’s not a bother to us.”
BUPD will be hosting safety presentations next week that will be held at noon April 13 on the second floor in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, 11 a.m. April 16 and 4 p.m. April 17 in the Marty Theater of Michel Student Center and 5 p.m. April 18 in Neumiller Hall.