Sunday, April 18, 2010

University Police Department (UPD)

As students we take a lot of things for granted. Just think how inconvenient it is when we come back from a break and  find the cafeteria is closed. Or when we need something and an office is closed. There is one group of people who remain on campus 24/7 including holidays and breaks. They are the University Police Department.

They often receive so many complaints about tickets or other aspects of their job. But they are here for us. A few weeks ago there was a bomb threat in the library. Within minutes, they had a text message alert out to all of the Emergency Alert System subscribers telling them to avoid the library.

At about 1 a.m. in the morning on Friday they sent another message telling students to stay in their rooms because there had been a shooting on campus. They sent another message about 6:30 a.m. telling students they could go about their normal schedule. I read them both after I woke up, but even though a lot of people were sleeping they still sent the message.

Along with protecting students in these life-threatening situations they also provide other services. When we have car trouble they are there to try and help. When something is stolen we can file a report. They patrol campus for traffic violations, and frequently pull over drunk drivers, making this a safer campus to walk on and to drive on. They walk through the dorms to make sure things are in order.

I even had a police officer banging on my door one afternoon who told me the door was standing wide open. They are here to protect us and help us. They are working hard, even when every other office on campus is closed. They often receive more criticism than thanks. Personally, I think they are doing a great job.

Keep up the good work UPD and thank you for your service to this campus and community.

(Students who are not signed up for the EAS can do so on the university police website:

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