At St. Edward’s University the term “Community Policing” is more than a buzzword being used in law enforcement circles. The University Police Department (UPD) has long embraced the concept of the community participating in the protection of our campus. Our police officers know they cannot be effective in protecting the campus without members of the community being actively involved in reporting any criminal or suspicious activity. Responding to a report of suspicious activity often results in the prevention of a crime, and we are convinced that it is easier and safer for all concerned to prevent a crime than it is to arrest a criminal committing a crime. More important, if we prevent a crime from occurring, there is no victim.
Community Policing is a proactive approach to law enforcement that requires an informed community. We believe a well informed community can better protect itself and aid in the prevention of crime. To encourage this, the University Police Department invites discussion of potential safety or security problems on campus.
Throughout the year, our officers take every opportunity to speak on personal safety, crime prevention and crime reporting. Information on safety and security is provided to students, faculty and staff members regularly through video presentations, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures, guest speakers and the student newspaper. For more information, contact Officer Alice Gilroy at x1439, or 512-448-8477.
The University Police Department also distributes pamphlets on various topics of crime prevention, which are available to all students, faculty and staff members. Anyone student, faculty, or staff may schedule a crime prevention presentation at no charge by contacting UPD. Topics include:
• Police Services
• General Crime Prevention
• Operation ID
• Bicycle Security
• Rape Awareness and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
• Alcohol Awareness
The Physical Plant and University Police also work closely together to ensure safety in the buildings. The Physical Plant maintains the university buildings and grounds with an eye to safety and security. Campus facilities are regularly inspected by physical plant, for any safety or security problems. Repairs are reported and corrected promptly. The UPD assists Physical Plant in finding and reporting potential safety and security hazards, such as faulty locks, broken windows, broken exterior lighting, etc. Students, faculty, and staff members are also encouraged to call the Physical Plant (448-8787) to report any safety or security concerns they may have.
Except for residence halls, most university facilities are open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session. When the University is closed, all buildings are generally locked and only faculty, staff, and some students are admitted with proper identification.