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MUPD Announces Expanded Collaboration with Columbia Police, Offers Safety Tips for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors

Aug. 22, 2014

Story Contact(s):
Christian Basi, BasiC@missouri.edu, 573-882-4430
Brian Weimer, WeimerB@missouri.edu , 573-999-1979

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Officials from the University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) and the Columbia Police Department (CPD) announced today a broadening of the existing collaboration between the agencies in an effort to improve safety and security on the campus and in the surrounding community. As the new school year begins, MUPD will work with CPD officers to provide additional patrols on and around the campus as officers increase enforcement of alcohol-related crimes, including underage drinking and drunk driving.

“Alcohol is often a factor in serious crimes, and it can place individuals at a higher risk of being a victim or making poor decisions,” MUPD Chief Jack Watring said. “We’re committed to making the campus and surrounding community as safe as possible, and we believe this new partnership with Columbia Police will benefit everyone.”

“We are delighted to be working with MUPD on this important effort,” Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said. “The crimes and disorder related to overuse of alcohol are unfortunately common in university communities. This partnership should enhance both agencies efforts in addressing these issues.”

Watring encourages members of the community to report suspicious activities and security concerns immediately. Concerns and issues can be reported by calling 911 in emergency situations or MUPD at 573-882-7201 if time permits.

“Working together we can reduce and eliminate crime, making the campus safer for all,” Watring said. “Safety is the responsibility of everyone. Reports about concerns and issues help us prevent crime before it starts. It’s also important for individuals to take the appropriate actions and be aware of their surroundings, especially when someone is in an unfamiliar place.”

MU Police Captain Brian Weimer recommends the following crime prevention tips to assist with personal safety and security.

  • Walk in pairs.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and stay on main sidewalks.
  • Be alert and don’t be distracted by wearing headphones, reading books, texting or engaging in similar activities.
  • If of age and choosing to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

“It’s important to note that someone can follow these tips but, unfortunately, still be the victim of a crime,” Weimer said. “In the event that you are a victim of a crime, please call the police as soon as possible to make sure you receive any assistance as well as help us with catching the suspect and preventing other individuals from being victims.”

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