Campus safety top of mind as USF flasher still on the loose


TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — For USF Police Officer Michael Lebron, the university holds a special place in his heart. In addition to serving as a law enforcement officer, he’s also a proud university graduate.

USF is home for this member of the campus police force. He enjoys his mission each and every day – protecting your kids.

“We’re here 24-7. Call us when you need us because we will always be there,” the officer told WFLA.

For parents of incoming university freshmen, sending a child off to college for the first time can be nerve wracking. But USF Police have a message for moms and dads: Cops on campus have got you covered.

This is especially good news since university police have been searching for a flasher who was caught on camera. The man has been exposing himself to students in recent weeks, but cops want to assure parents that students are, in fact, safe.MORE: Surveillance video released in USF flasher case

“Even though maybe your friend or somebody next to you says, that’s not a big deal, if you think it is give us a call. Like I said, we are here to serve the community,” said Officer Lebron.

College campuses all over the country, including schools like University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida State University are using high-tech app’s to keep kids safe and parents at ease. USF has an app called “MoBull Messenger.”

Officer Lebron explained it’s a popular app by the USF family. “It’s something that parents and students can opt into. It’s real-time updates on any sort of event that can happen.”

There’s also something called the Guardian app where, for example, students can set a timer as they are walking back to the dorm. If they don’t turn off the timer when they arrive to their destination, it sends a signal to police. Plus, there are blue lights all around USF’s campus where students can be easily seen.

There’s high tech cameras everywhere on USF’s campus capturing images like the flasher that police are currently looking for at this time. In addition, USF is very active on social media, utilizing sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social media, among with the MoBull Messenger, allow real-time alerts to keep students safe and parents informed.

“They want it right there, right now to have that ability to connect 24 seven. It really allow us the extra step ahead,” said Officer LeBron.

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