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New efforts for student safety after shooting near SVSU

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw Valley State University and police are trying to figure out how to secure the safety of its students even when they're off campus.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel, along with Michigan State Police and management from Campus Village Apartments, held a press conference Thursday to discuss their plan to enhance safety measures at the apartment complex.

The meeting follows a shooting early Sunday morning that hurt five people.

None of the victims were SVSU students, but for many, the shooting was too close for comfort. 

Federspiel said deputies and state police will be increasing patrols at the off campus apartment complex. Management for Campus Village said there were five security guards and one deputy patrolling the apartment complex the night of the shooting. 

The following is a joint statement from SVSU and Campus Village Apartments: 

"Representatives of Saginaw Valley State University and Campus Village apartments met today to discuss how to improve safety and security for SVSU students and residents of Campus Village.  It was a productive meeting and all parties agreed to move forward with developing a memorandum of understanding between SVSU and Campus Village.  Both entities have had a continuing dialogue with the Saginaw County Sherriff’s Department and Michigan State Police.

The Campus Village apartment complex is private property under the primary jurisdictions of the Saginaw Sherriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.  SVSU, Campus Village, the Sherriff’s Office and Michigan State Police recognize their shared and independent responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of students, residents, and visitors.

Both parties agree that it is important and necessary for SVSU and Campus Village to work more closely together.  Both parties are working quickly to finalize details of this new memo of understanding. In addition, Campus Village is enhancing its own security procedures. SVSU, Campus Village, the Sheriff’s Department and others met last year and some enhanced safety measures were implemented as a result, but all parties recognize additional measures should be adopted to ensure a secure environment.
                
We will continue to update the campus community, residents of Campus Village, and the public as these plans take shape.

For more information, please contact J.J. Boehm, SVSU’s director of media and community relations at jjboehm@svsu.edu or 989-964-4055, or Chris Radke, attorney for Campus Village apartments at cradke@shinnerscook.com or 989-799-5000."

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