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New Patrol Unit Brings OSU Police to Heart of Campus
Wed, September 20, 2017
The Oklahoma State University Police Department now has a patrol unit dedicated to the core area of campus. Headquarted in the Student Union, the core campus patrol is made up of three officers who patrol the central part of campus on foot, bicycle or Segway between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The new patrol unit has been added to increase the department’s visibility on campus and enhance its interaction with members of the campus community.
Creating this patrol unit in the heart of campus was at the top of Leon Jones’ to-do list when he became OSU Chief of Police on Aug. 1.
“In order to have effective community policing, officers have to feel they are part of the community,” Jones said. “That is a challenge for our department because our officers don’t live where they work like police officers do in a city or town. So it is important our department be diligent in making sure our officers feel invested in this campus, its students, employees and visitors.”
Lt. Curtis Burns supervises the core campus patrol. He said this patrol is all about building relationships with the members of the campus community through presence, education and enforcement.
“This patrol unit gives OSU police a presence in the most visible part of campus — giving officers the opportunities to educate the campus about safety. And because we maintain a daily presence in the core portion of campus we can respond quickly to situations where a patrol car simply can’t go.”
In addition to the core campus officers patrolling the area, they also have an office space located in room 225 of the Student Union.
“The police department is so appreciative to Assistant Vice President and Director of the Student Union Mitch Kilcrease and his staff,” Chief Jones said. “Their partnership has been vital in making this project get up and running and is important to the success of the patrol unit moving forward.”
The OSU Police Department is a fully accredited law enforcement agency consisting of 33 sworn officers. The patrol division consists of 16 officers covering OSU’s 2,600 acres of property, which includes Lake Carl Blackwell and the Oklahoma Research Park located along Highway 51.