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TUPD alerts get own FB page

29 January 2014 By Paige Sudol, Staff Writer No Comments

The Towson University Communications and Media Relations Department and the Towson University Police Department are working together to improve the distribution of crime alerts on Facebook.
Students will now have to “like” the Towson University Facebook page in order to get all of the crime alerts posted on the social media website.
Along with Towson University’s Facebook page, there are several subpages associated with the university on Facebook, such as the TUPD page.
According to Joe Herring, the Deputy Chief of Police for TUPD, the TUPD Facebook page is a place where students can ask direct questions to the police.
“The Facebook page is another means of communication. We wouldn’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket, and that’s why we also use Twitter and other social media,” Herring said.
Currently, both the Towson University page and the TUPD page show crime alerts. However, as of March 1, crime alerts will appear exclusively on the TUPD page.
Ray Feldmann, the director of Communications and Media Relations, said that having crime alerts on both pages is excessive and unnecessary.
Crime alerts are more appropriate for the TUPD page, and putting crime alerts solely on this page will encourage all students to use it.
“People can keep getting crime alerts through Facebook by liking the TUPD page,” Feldmann said.
This change is an improvement to the e2Campus Alert System that was implemented over the summer. Before this system, separate crime alerts had to be created for each form of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and text messaging. The e2Campus Alert System sends one message out to different social media at the same time, which ensures that more students see the alerts in a timely manner.
“We want to get messages out as quickly as possible for safety purposes,” Feldmann said.
Alerts through Twitter will not be changed, and will still be sent out by the University’s main account, and students are always encouraged to sign up for the text alerts as well.

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