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Sept. 29, 2015
By Brett Fredenberg, media relations assistant
Maryville, the home to Northwest Missouri State University, is one of the 50 Safest College Towns in America, according to a report released by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and safety information.
Maryville comes in at No. 32 on the list of 50 cities and colleges. It is the only Missouri college town to appear on the list.
City Manager Greg McDanel said the safety ranking is connected to Maryville Public Safety’s work to maintain a healthy relationship with the community and encourage residents to remain diligent in reporting.
“Not only does this assist with reporting of incidents, but also in obtaining information that may lead to the deterrent of more serious incidents,” McDanel said. “Maintaining a safe community is just as much about its citizens as it is about law enforcement.”
The city of Maryville also collaborates with the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Northwest’s University Police Department to create a safer environment. Maryville Public Safety and University Police also provide educational programs focused on issues that are important to students.
University Police’s capstone Safe Ride Home program, launched in 2004, has reduced violations for driving while intoxicated by more than 66 percent, University Police Chief Clarence Green said. University Police also offers numerous awareness programs to educate students about relationship violence, sexual assault, crime prevention and emergency preparedness.
“We’ll continue striving for safety by understanding our environment through crime and safety trends, soliciting feedback from those we serve and information received from professional journals and conferences,” Green said. “We use evidenced-based approaches to continually improve our services. We also look outside of our profession for tactics or strategies that could be incorporated into our practice. ”
McDanel and Green agree community involvement is one reason Maryville remains a safe city. Through continued collaborative efforts with local agencies, students and community members, Maryville will continue enhancing its crime prevention efforts.
“Maryville Public Safety constantly seeks to improve department strengths and identify weaknesses in current law enforcement efforts,” McDanel said. “Continued collaboration with citizens, industry and our educational partners is critical to maintaining a safe community,”
SafeWise combined data from recent FBI Crime Reports with its own research to create its list of the 50 Safest College Towns in America. Click here to view the entire list.
With an enrollment of more than 6,400 students, Northwest is a four-year university that offers a broad range of profession-based undergraduate and graduate programs offered on its Maryville campus as well as locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph.
Northwest recently was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year, and it is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during the past three years. According to a recently released economic impact study, Northwest generated $617.5 million in added regional income – the equivalent of creating 9,465 new jobs – during 2014.
The University, founded in 1905, boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is about 20 percent higher than the national average. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
While the Northwest campus also is designated the Missouri Arboretum, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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