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Ohio State News Alert: Highlighting Buckeye Block Watch and staying safe ahead of the Spring Game

Non-sworn officers help patrol University District

A new video that showcases the enhanced Buckeye Block Watch program at The Ohio State University is now available. 

The video shows a typical day in the life of the trained citizens who make up Buckeye Block Watch. Launched in November, the program features non-sworn safety teams who are taught how to deal with difficult situations and learn best practices for public engagement, including mental health responses, first aid and CPR. 

“Hopefully, you’ve seen them out and about on foot, on bikes or in a vehicle, as they work through and promote your safety in neighborhoods off campus,” President Kristina M. Johnson said in the latest Health, Safety and Well-Being update.

As one Buckeye Block Watch member says in the video, “we’re really just here to make things safer and better.”

Johnson also mentioned the impending return of the football Buckeyes in the Spring Game on April 16. Some students who live in the University District will see Office of Student Life volunteers going door-to-door to talk about safely enjoying the game and respecting neighbors. 

The president also reminded students, faculty, staff and anyone else with interest to check out the customizable Community Crime Map, a useful tool to stay informed about crime in the off-campus area.

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