Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Practices: City and University Police Partnerships

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Practices: City and University Police Partnerships

Article excerpt

In light of recent events at Virginia Tech, cities are re-examining their police and security partnerships with universities. The following are examples of collaboration from NLC's City Practices database.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

In Ann Arbor, University of Michigan and city police collaborate for area protection as part of a mutual aid agreement. For example, university police support the city police when dealing with public disturbances or coordinating crowd control. In more serious crimes, the university and city police departments collaborate during crime scene investigations or city patrols,

University and city police also coordinate resources and staff to address each force's needs. For example, the university's special canine unit is used by city police to detect explosive devices or track suspects and city police assist the university at large public events such as football games. Coordination among police forces allows duties to be carried out effectively and fosters cohesion among police forces,

Open communication is also a large part of collaboration and coordination. City police are active participants in university police training programs and meetings. During these meetings, crime notices and concerns of university students are addressed. Information is exchanged regularly via e-mail and in-person meetings.

Wilson, N.C.

Similar cooperation exists in smaller cities as well. The City of Wilson, N.C., and Barton College have a mutually beneficial agreement on policing. The college pays for the cost of four police officers and five police staff employees, In return, the city provides 24-7 police patrols on and around campus property. In addition, police also provide special security services such as student escorts and unlocking/locking doors as well as responding to calls from on-campus "call boxes,"

The city police department also oversees an on-campus district office that houses campus surveillance cameras. …

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