A Liberty University Police Department sergeant was honored by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on July 14 for her work with railroad safety initiatives on campus and in the community.
Sgt. Kassi Allen was presented one of the annual Governor's Transportation Safety Awards during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond. She was honored for promoting rail safety, going beyond her assigned duties with LUPD by volunteering to meet with Norfolk Southern employees concerning safety issues and organizing student volunteers to help distribute rail safety literature to students. Allen also assisted Norfolk Southern police officers at a nearby rail crossing to hand out literature to motorists as they crossed the tracks.
Allen said Liberty takes rail safety seriously, with tracks running along the edge of campus and also near Liberty Christian Academy (preschool through grade 12) that can be tempting for people to use for easy access to the mall and other shopping areas. Crossing the tracks at spots other than proper railroad crossings can be dangerous but also against the law. Brochures including the railroad crossing policies are available from LUPD.
The Governor's Transportation Safety Awards are awarded each year by the Board of Transportation Safety.
Sgt. Allen has served with LUPD for seven years. She also serves as a Lynchburg area R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor.