Washburn University teams up with City of Topeka to improve public safety following student murder

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Washburn University announced on Tuesday they are teaming up with the City of Topeka and Topeka JUMP (Justice, Unity and Ministry Project) to figure out a strategy to reduce violence in Topeka.

The announcement was prompted by the death of Washburn student and football player Dwane Simmons, who was murdered while attending a party celebrating fellow football player Corey Ballentine’s draft into the NFL.

“We think we’ve got a great campus but something like what occurred a couple of weeks ago can just happen and so the idea is that you bring people together that can influence what people are doing and make sure people are on the right path,” said Washburn President Jerry Farley.

Topeka JUMP is a community coalition of 23 churches that have agreed to explore an approach to reducing violence. The approach combines the best of law enforcement and community-driven approaches to improve public safety.

The city hopes to have a plan in place by the end of June.

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