Washington University Police Chief Mark Glenn will create a student advisory group to improve communications between the Washington University Police Department and the student body.
In light of Student Life’s reporting on recent crime in the area, WUPD offered to let a reporter ride along with an officer for a night. The following is an account of what happened on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Last Tuesday, if you were anywhere near the Liggett-Koenig lawn, you may have been greeted by a highly unusual noise: the music of bagpipes.
Not only should the University alert the student body when these crimes occur, many would appreciate continual updates afterward.
Another carjacking incident was reported on the 6000 block of Pershing Avenue Thursday night.
There exists a multifaceted explanation as to why there is an uptick of violence surrounding Washington University, but many of its factors have been ever-present and are continually reinforced by the University.
Washington University is a bubble. Students hardly get off campus, except for the Delmar Loop, and frequently their only knowledge of the St. Louis area consists of “don’t go north of Delmar Boulevard,” “the Metro is unsafe,” “don’t cross the river” or “stay in the county.”
Washington University administrators addressed the recent wave of crime near campus and outlined new security measures in separate emails sent to parents and students Sept. 18.
Many have called for an increased police presence to patrol the neighborhoods to make students feel safe. But which students would actually feel safer?
While I understand that Wash. U. has no jurisdiction in these areas and that local police departments are responsible for them, I believe that WUPD still fell short in its responsibility to ensure the safety of students who live off campus.