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Connects Against Crime: UI has Largest Campus Public Safety Force in Iowa

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:16 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) --  University of Iowa Patrol Officer Michael Mather sees the UI Campus as few others do.

“Everyday is different, never the same,” Mather says.
 
But his everyday job never changes - keeping students safe.
 
“Anything from unlocking a car door, to a 911 call,” Mather says.

Now, there’s more personnel doing it than ever before. With 45 sworn police officers, 9 full time dispatchers, 2 canines, and 16 civilian officers, public director safety director Chuck Green says you now have what is now the biggest campus public safety force in Iowa.

“We do have some other challenges that make us unique,” Green said.

One of those places is Iowa City’s Busy Downtown.
 
“Iowa State and UNI, if they're called for some reason to go into the downtown area they would certainly do that, but for us it's an assignment,” Green said.

That assignment was prompted by a series of groping attacks on women in 2006. For officers like Mather, the challenges downtown and on campus are very different.
 
“I like to say we have a relative safe campus because it all depends on circumstances,” Green said.
 
Although recent reports show that student arrests have gone up on campus in the past year, Green says there is no cause for immediate concern.
 
"A lot of it depends on weather, depends on how many officers you have on the street at that time, it depends on people's activities,” Green said.
 
Which can include game days, bar nights, and everything in between.
 
“It's hard to pinpoint one single reason for that,” Green said.

While there are no plans to expand the public safety force anytime soon, Green says the department is working to form a campus wide emergency response team that will deal with natural disasters and violent crimes.Connects Against Crime: UI has Largest Campus Public Safety Force in Iowa


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