The UCA Police Department recently presented Operation Safe Walk findings to the Student Government Association.
Groups of students, staff, and administrators identified over 170 safety concerns. This included items from Safe Walk 2010 that were not completed.
The university police department divided the items into three priority categories. There were 75 items from the lighting, landscape and repair portion of the walk. The university has completed 49.3 percent of priority 1 thus far and intends to complete all of these items listed in this section by June 30. The university has earmarked funds to complete 35 percent of the total suggestions by June 30.
Officials plan to complete items listed under priority 2 as funds become available during the 2012-2013 academic year. Priority 3 items will be reviewed during 2012-2013 academic year. Click here for full report.
“Operation Safe Walk is successful for many reasons but we believe the most important aspects of the program are the various departments, administrators, and student groups that are involved,” said Arch Jones, director of organizational and community services for UCA Police Department. “The information we gather does not just set on a shelf. There is funding provided to address the issues discovered during the walk. It shows that safety is a top priority at UCA.”
Representatives from students, staff and administrators took part in the annual safety walk on Nov. 17. They checked for burned out lights, broken concrete, overgrown walkways and other unsafe conditions and how to enhance the perception of safety at night.