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Sgt. Joe Steffen

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Public Safety Officers respond to many calls for service and we communicate our activities to the college community. Here are some of the notable incidents from the past couple weeks.

On March 8, Public Safety responded to a person passed out in the building near stairwell D1 after building hours. After speaking with the subject, the Officer recognized that the subject was extremely intoxicated and also had no reason to be on campus. The subject was unaware where they were and the Officer did not feel they were able to safely care for themselves. Public Safety communicated this information with Capitol Police who responded to assist and eventually took the subject into protective custody.

On March 19, a Public Safety Officer observed a group of people smoking in one of the courts which is a violation of Madison College’s tobacco free campus policy. When the officer made contact, the officer could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. A person involved admitted to smoking marijuana and turned over the contraband to the Officer. The subject was cooperative throughout the interaction and the report will be forwarded to the Behavioral Intervention Team.

On March 29, Madison College Truax Campuses fire alarm system was activated. Throughout the course of the alarm, Officers observed multiple people who remained in the building while the alarm was active. In the event of a fire alarm or building evacuation students, staff and guests are asked to remain outside and at a safe distance from the building until an “all clear” is given by Madison College Public Safety.

When a fire alarm or building evacuation occurs Madison College Public Safety will issue a WolfPack Alert, followed by any updates and eventually an “all clear” message. One must never assume that it is safe to reenter the building or that an alarm activation is “just a drill.” The safety of our students, staff and guests is our number one priority and we will notify everyone in a timely manner when it is safe to reenter the building.

We encourage all students and staff to visit to learn about and to activate their preferred method for receiving the WolfPack Alert on their mobile device. The WolfPack Alert will also show up on all campus telephones, staff and student email, and on the information displays around campus. If you have any questions about the WolfPack Alert, call Madison College Public Safety at (608) 246-6932.

If you have any information regarding suspicious activity or other campus safety concerns, please contact our department at 608-245-2222; Public Safety Officers are available 24/7. Be Safe.

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