Lt. Laura Bennett
The Patrol Division consists of 14 sworn police officers and 1 non sworn security guard that fall under the direction of Lieutenant Laura Bennett. This division is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for the Universities property, students, staff and visitors to the campus. This division maintains an around the clock, year-round presence.
In the year 2014 the department received or initiated over 37,787 documented calls for service and security checks. Not all the contacts were criminal related, many were service oriented contacts continuing the orientation towards service by the Patrol Division. Day watch typically receives nearly 2/3 of the calls for service. They handle more calls for service per officer than the other shifts do. Evening Watch receive the majority of the crimes in progress calls along with the typical calls for service or assistance. The shift sergeants are entrusted to make sure the daily law enforcement needs of the campus are met. They supervise officers on their shift and at other campus events. They also do their share of the shift work. They respond to calls for service, check buildings, lock/unlock buildings, and patrol the campus while also performing as an administrators for the shift. They are empowered to make decisions without referral on law enforcement issues and some university policies related to staff, students, and visitors. They oversee the actions and needs of the people on their shift.
The patrol officers on each shift handle the brunt of the calls for service. They are usually the first point of contact many people will have when they come onto the campus. When they are not out on a service call, they patrol the campus’s streets, buildings, residence halls, and other property. They also handle most of Accident and Incident Reporting on campus with assistance from their supervisors
The university has many avenues for foot and vehicular movement around the campus; paved roads, un-paved roads, walking paths, nature paths, and undeveloped areas that are frequented by our community. It has become essential that the way we patrol these areas evolve also. Our officers patrol the campus in a variety of ways; patrol cars, 4 WD all terrain vehicles, bicycles and on foot. Our current Patrol fleet consists of 4 marked police vehicles, 3 marked ATV’s, and two bicycles. This variety has allowed the department to expand our services beyond normal boundaries of patrol. By getting into areas that are away from the mainstream, we have increased our visibility and hopefully curtailed criminal activity with our presence.