University Police are increasing their presence on campus by patrolling on foot rather than by car, Officer K.C. Mitchell, Lt. of Investigations said.”We’re being seen more often on campus, not because there is an increase in crime, but because it helps us with fuel consumption,” Mitchell said. “Instead of driving around, we’re walking around. We have officers riding bikes. It helps decrease our carbon footprint and cuts cost of gas for the university, you know, the whole “go-green” thing.”
Out of each officer’s 12-hour shift, two to four of those hours will be patrolling by foot or bike, Mitchell said.
“But it’s not just to save gas, you hear more things, see more things, and can get to more places on foot then you can riding around in a car,” Mitchell said. “We’re adding more foot patrols to try to be a deterrent to crime as well.”University Police maintain a high presence in all 21 residence halls on campus by responding to the needs of residents, as well as conducting building walk-throughs, said Ryan Heins, coordinator of Bowie, Eggers and Frank halls.When the 8 p.m. patrols begin, University Police try to time it to so they can accompany Resident Assistants and Nightstars as they patrol the buildings, Mitchell said.”Safety and security in the residence halls is paramount,” said Vickie Hawkins, Associate Director of University Housing for Residence Life. “Staff members in University Housing and ASU police officers work together to help create a safe environment for students.””We’re not just watching one particular place, but if you’re walking from the library late at night, it eases your mind to see a police officer,” Mitchell said. “We like to do that. We’re here for the students. We’re their resource.”
Story: KASI MITCHELL, Intern News Reporter