To keep students aware of safety issues and strategies to party safely, Western Michigan University Community Policing Officer Dylan Vandenberg has created a Twitter account aimed at those who are spending time off-campus.

Recent tweets from the account discuss tips for Welcome Week, safety issues surrounding shared alcohol sources and the buddy system.

When Vandenberg attended WMU, there was little discussion about off-campus safety.

“I think what inspired me to create this Twitter was the fact that when I was a student at WMU the stuff that happened off campus didn't get discussed much,” Vandenberg said. “So I started pondering how I could reach this generation of college students.”

He decided that Twitter would be the best platform for his goal of sending out friendly reminders to the WMU student body.

“With the ability to retweet and spread information, and the fact that most students use Twitter regularly, it seemed like a no brainer,” Vandenberg said.

Next, Vandenberg hopes to gain more followers to help him spread information more efficiently. Students can find Officer Vandenberg on Twitter @WMU_OfficerV.

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