Public Safety Update
August 20, 2014
> On Wednesday July 30, I sent a Crime Alert notifying the University Community of a robbery on the West Bank. Two University research assistants were threatened with a gun and lost their cell phones and wallets to two suspects. As of this week, both of the suspects in the robbery have been arrested and are in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. Both have been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office with Aggravated Robbery.
The arrests are the result of solid police work and outstanding cooperation between three departments: The University of Minnesota Police Department led the investigation and built the case against the suspects; Metro Transit Police provided a key piece of evidence and made one arrest; and Minneapolis Police made the other arrest. It shows once again that "campus" safety and security in fact goes well beyond the borders of campus or even the neighborhoods around campus. Hats Off to the UMPD and our law enforcement partners for their excellent work.
> On Monday of this week, 52 buildings on the St Paul campus and in the Como Avenue complex were brought online as part of the University's Building Access Program. Next week, when we add the West Bank Office Building as the 142nd building in the program, we'll officially complete the first and most important phase of the project.
We started the Building Access Program in early February with the goal of tightening buildings hours and increasing security in the evenings and on weekends. We worked closely with building occupants to adjust the program when it was necessary and ran into very few glitches along the way. It was great to see the campus adapt quickly to the changes in building hours, and to embrace the new balance between increased security and our very public mission.
The updated hours for all 142 buildings can be found here. The next piece of our building access work is to better secure tunnels and skyways. I'll keep the campus updated as plans move forward.
This message was approved by the Vice President for University Services of the University of Minnesota and sent to all Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.
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