UTPD to integrate new safety initiatives for the school year

UTPD to integrate new safety initiatives for the start of the school year

Posted:
A Tip 411 program is being implemented so students can text crime tips anonymously. A Tip 411 program is being implemented so students can text crime tips anonymously.
"Last year I had a couple friends get mugged late at night. They came to class with  bruises and stuff," said student Michael Flax. "Last year I had a couple friends get mugged late at night. They came to class with bruises and stuff," said student Michael Flax.
"We have complaints from students who say they've had to sit outside too long. They felt unsafe. So this allows them to stay inside until the bus comes," Dep. Chief Simerly explained. "We have complaints from students who say they've had to sit outside too long. They felt unsafe. So this allows them to stay inside until the bus comes," Dep. Chief Simerly explained.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – From the infamous wine enema incident that made international headlines, to a series of burglaries and armed robberies, University of Tennessee campus police were kept very busy last year.

The stories continue to circulate among students.

"Last year I had a couple friends get mugged late at night. They came to class with bruises and stuff," said student Michael Flax.

This upcoming school year, campus officers have a few new tricks up their sleeve, hoping to keep students safer.

For example, they'll be tweeting daily crime logs, and keeping students updated on the status of each crime via social media.

"We want them to know things that are coming into our police department, crime that's being reported. We want them to know the outcome too. We want them to know what goes on with those cases," explained UTPD Deputy Chief Emily Simerly.

There's also an app that'll allow students to keep track of "The T," which is the campus bus.

"We have complaints from students who say they've had to sit outside too long. They felt unsafe. So this allows them to stay inside until the bus comes," Dep. Chief Simerly explained.

In addition, a Tip 411 program is being implemented so students can text crime tips anonymously.

"We have the ability to chat back with these individuals so if we have a person, our dispatchers can have a conversation with them without giving us the identity of that person," she added.

Two new canines that can detect explosive devices have also joined the force.

While students are excited about the new ways to stay plugged into campus crime, they say police initiatives can only do so much.

"[Police] are out at night. I know because I see them there. But if someone's doing this on purpose, they'll go to a place where they can't get caught," Flax said.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.