Washington State University Police Chief Gary Jenkins reminded the WSU community to remain alert and aware of their surroundings when out, and to travel in groups when possible.
Jenkins posted the reminder to the department’s website Wednesday afternoon following a news conference in nearby Moscow, Idaho, where authorities are investigating the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students. The Moscow Police Department has described the attack as isolated and said Wednesday no arrests have been made.
Although Jenkins said he’s been assured by Moscow police that there’s no imminent threat to the WSU community, he ordered increased patrols of the Pullman campus earlier this week and is reminding people to follow standard safety precautions.
Additionally, the Pullman campus offers a variety of security services to students and employees.
Cougar Safe Rides provides safe transportation to and from campus most nights. Call or text WSU-267-SAFE (978-267-7233) to arrange a free ride.
The WSU Police Cadet Corp offers a free foot escort service to and from campus most evenings. Call 509-432-2328 for details. WSU Cougar Security also provides safety escorts around campus by calling 509-432-3818.
If you are on campus and need immediate help, look for one of the many emergency blue light telephones located around the area. Push the button and you are directly connected to the Whitcom 911 Communications Center.
For more information on WSU safety and security services, visit the Human Resource Services’ Safe Environment website.
The WSU Pullman Police Department will continue to monitor the investigation in Moscow closely. The university will communicate via the WSU Alert system if it becomes aware of any potential threats to the WSU community.
[Editor’s note: This article was updated as additional information became available]