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Blue light emergency towers alleviate safety concerns

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There are many blue emergency buttons located throughout campus.

Black towers topped with blue lights are placed throughout campus in order to ensure maximum safety for Bobcats.

On each tower there is a button which connects its user with dispatch at the University Police Department. According to UPD safety guidelines, these phones should be used to report any crimes, fires or medical emergencies on campus in order to request emergency assistance.

After the button is pushed, callers should stay on the line to describe the emergency situation to UPD dispatch.

Police officers will respond at the location of the activated telephone. Officers ask students and other campus visitors to not use the emergency phones for non-emergent situations or to request a safety escort. The guidelines state using these devices is equivalent to dialing 9-1-1.