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Public Safety Update

April 17, 2015

> Be sure to join Chief Greg Hestness and the officers of the UMPD next week for Coffee and Donuts with the Cops. They'll crack open the donuts at 8:00 a.m. and go until they're gone. The goodies are free— the only payment we ask is that you take a minute to say hello and meet our officers. 

  • Tuesday, April 21—St. Paul Student Center
  • Wednesday, April 22—Union Street Plaza—close to the East Bank LRT stop
  • Thursday, April 23—West Bank—Washington Avenue Bridge Head

> A recent audit by the Metropolitan Council showed that one out of every 10 LRT passengers is riding the train without paying a fare. The Met Council estimates it's losing $1.5 million dollars a year because of fare scofflaws, and not surprisingly those numbers caught the attention of state lawmakers who are insisting on better enforcement of the honor system that's currently in place.

So if you’re riding the train, make sure you're covered. As a student, faculty or staff member, you have three options:

  • Get a Campus Zone Pass that allows you to ride between the three campus LRT stops—West Bank, East Bank and Stadium Village—without paying a fare. You can pick up a Campus Zone Pass for free at Coffman and the St. Paul Student Center. (Remember, if you're riding outside those three stops you'll need to buy a ticket.)
  • Use your U-Pass or Metropass which covers unlimited rides on the Green or Blue Line LRT, plus rides on all city buses. Make sure you tap in at the pass reader on the platform.
  • Pop the $2.25 for a ticket.

If you don't pay and get caught, it'll cost you a lot more than $2.25. The penalty for not paying is a $180 fine.

> The U of M Child Development Center celebrated their annual "Week of the Young" this week and they were nice enough to invite the UMPD to be part of the event. Officers visited the Child Development Center on Monday and it's a toss-up of who had a better time: the officers or the 140 kids they entertained. Highlights for the kids included exploring the squad cars, talking real loud on the PA system, and playing with Doc, our K-9 officer. Thank you to the Child Development Center for the invitation, and a special thanks to Officers Meng Vang and Mark McElroy, Sergeants Ryan Rivers and Octavio Reyes, and K-9 Officer Doc for being such great ambassadors for the UMPD.

Doc and the kids

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. 

Visit the safety pages at the METRO Green Line website for more information on LRT safety, how to use bike boxes, and other safety messages. 

For more safety and security information,  see the University's SafeU website