August 2017 Saluki Watch Dawg Newsletter

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Violence prevention and response training offered at DPS

With tragic incidents, such as the shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook Elementary School, students, staff, police, and citizens recognize the importance of developing and training for the possibility of encountering a violent or deadly situation while in any type of school system.

In 2015, the SIU Department of Public Safety implemented free monthly Violence Prevention and Response training for students, faculty, and staff. The training is held at DPS (located in the lower level of Trueblood Hall) on the first Wednesday of every month between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This training consists of a presentation, a viewing of the “Run, Hide, Fight” video, and discussion.

If you or your group are interested in attending this free training, please phone or email Lt. Kendall Hollister ( or Officer Kevin Cox (, (618) 453-3771. We expect sessions to fill quickly, so please contact us to reserve a spot for you or your group. Seating is limited to 20-25 people per session and will be first come, first serve.

Class dates: September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, 2017

Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017 at approximately 1:21 p.m., Carbondale will experience a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon in which the moon passes in between the Sun and Earth, unveiling a solar corona as the Moon’s shadow crosses the Earth. The first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration just a few miles south of Carbondale. The partial phases of the eclipse will begin at 11:52 a.m. and end at 2:47 p.m.

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Welcome Community Resource Officer Brandon Gibbs

newman and gibbsOfficer Brandon Gibbs was recently hired at the beginning of 2017. Officer Gibbs is not new to law enforcement, however, as he has worked as a police officer in the city of Carbondale and Shawneetown. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is excited to have Officer Gibbs at the department and even more will act as the Community Resource Officer (CRO) for academic year 2018.

Parking Decals

Parking decals expire August 31. Purchase your new parking and bicycle decals at the Parking Division in the lower level of Trueblood Hall or online at