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    Community Chatter: January 28, 2015


    Courtesy of the University of Arizona

    The University of Arizona Police Department Chief Brian Seastone answered questions, thoughts and concerns from the public at the UAPD’s biannual luncheon and open forum discussion on Tuesday in the Student Union Memorial Center Ventana Room.

    UA students were asked, “What would you ask UAPD?” These are their questions accompanied by Seastone’s responses.

    “I would ask, ‘How is the UAPD working to prevent theft and damage to people’s property on campus?’”

    — Rosie Crawford, junior majoring in psychology and minoring in German

    “UAPD is launching an app called ‘LiveSafe’ in March. The app has a bunch of features … a one-button push to call 911 or a text or video [of a crime] to the police department. It will also have emergency plans on it.”

    “Do I really have to pay my parking tickets?”

    ­— Erik Kolsrud, journalism freshman

    “I’m not the parking guy, but yes, because there is a possibility of grades and records being withheld by the university. With a parking ticket, there is an appeals process through parking and transportation.”

    “What are you working on to improve security on campus?”

    — Louise Johansson, computer science sophomore

    “We have made a new position in our department, a crime analyst, and that crime analyst is looking at our crime trends, statistics, those type of things to give us a better idea of when those events are occurring. The most effective thing we are doing is getting the word out to folks out through various means: our Twitter, Facebook, crime prevention post.”

    “What do you think about all the preaching on campus?”

    — Samantha Smith, biochemistry freshman

    “For many of these type of events, the [Dean of Students Office] becomes aware of it and works with the groups. If there is an immediate threat to life, property, et cetera, and UAPD is called … we will step in to prevent that, but we don’t want to trample on anyone’s First Amendment rights.”

    “What are you doing to keep UAPD officers more accountable?”

    — Ryan Lopez, 2014 UA alumni

    “We are your hometown police department. If we make a mistake, we are going to admit it, we are going to fix it and move on. If we can do things better, we ask people to bring their suggestions to us. It really is a partnership. Our motto is, ‘Partners with our community.’”

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