SU Police Department encourages “First Call” registration


In light of recent shootings on the campuses of Purdue University and the University of Oklahoma, Southern University's Police Department is reminding students of the university's automatic call system, First Call.

SUPD's Chief Administrator Kevin Johnson stresses the importance of students taking advantage of First Call.

First Call is an automated call system that will send out phone calls, emails and text messages to the university students to warn them of dangers around the campus and spell out precautions that should be taken if necessary. First Call has been at SU for the past five years.

"Our goal is to have 100 percent of students signed up," said Johnson.

SUPD encourages students to register for the system and spread the word around campus. Registering for First Call is easy, Johnson said.  Students should log onto and click on student, then proceed to click First Call and complete the required information.

Students can use their cell phones and personal emails to receive the automatic system quickly.

During the scare recently at University of Oklahoma, the school sent text messages alerting students and faculty to avoid a specific dormitory and to seek immediate shelter. First Call is a similar call system.

The SUPD will conduct a regular test of First Call next week on campus.


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