THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has been ranked the safest campus in Louisiana by online security resource, YourLocalSecurity.com.
Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security analysis and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, YourLocalSecuirty.com looked at the main campuses of public, private and non-profit colleges that offer two- and four-year degrees and have at least 5,000 students. A total of 435 schools met the criteria, and from there, factors to determine safety included hate crimes per enrolled students, violence against women per enrolled females, property crime per population and violent crime per population.
University Police Department Chief Craig Jaccuzzo said one impressive factor is that Nicholls is a four-year residential institution with every extra-curricular activity and a full list of athletic programs, and similar institutions struggle to make lists such as this.
“UPD maintains the foundations of community policing, in that our officers are responsive to the particular needs of our university. We use out of the box critical thinking skills for the solutions instead of the traditional policing,” Chief Jaccuzzo said. “We are regularly recognized as a university with a low crime rate. It is because of the hard work from the men and women of UPD and because our administration, faculty and students will not stand for certain behaviors on campus.”
An online safety advocate, YourLocalSecuirty.com promotes information to build safer environments and provides local security through ADT all across the country.