University Police Community Response Team
This semester, the University Police began a new, pilot program involving teams of two police officers working as a “Community Response Team” (CRT). From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each weekend night CRT officers are on duty monitoring campus roadways, bus stops, cabstands and other areas where students gather in large numbers. The officers also make frequent stops in the residence halls where they talk with students, Resident Assistants and Resident Directors in the tradition of community policing.
Highly visible at all times, the CRT officers work with all members and guests of our community to help provide a safe and orderly environment for all. While on duty, they are particularly alert to situations where student safety and well-being might be jeopardized. They also closely monitor vehicle and pedestrian behavior, particularly around the East Campus construction site. Officers detect problems, offer assistance where possible and are generally visible and available to assist wherever they are needed.
These teams of CRT officers work in addition to the normal compliment of on-duty police officers. While the shift officers focus on their patrol duties and calls for assistance, the CRT officers remain in their targeted areas providing a “community-based” police detail dedicated to the safety and well-being of students and others at night.
This initiative has been very well received by the community and will likely become a permanent detail during the academic year.