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Public Safety Update

March 26, 2015

> Thank you to everyone who took part in this week's series of Campus Community Open Forums with our four Chief of Police finalists. We had a good number of people in the auditorium and even bigger groups watching on UM Connect, and the questions posed to each candidate were thoughtful and challenging.

We've posted recordings of each Open Forum in case you missed one or would like to re-watch any of the finalists. After watching, please take a minute to complete and submit an evaluation of the candidate. Evaluations are available at

Assistant Chief Matt Clark
Minneapolis Police Department

Open Forum

Captain James Franklin
Metropolitan Transit Police Department

Open Forum

Commander Colleen Luna
St. Paul Police Department

Open Forum

Deputy Chief Charles Miner
University of Minnesota Police Department

Open Forum 

> There has been a notable increase in the number of thefts in campus buildings in recent weeks. Most of the thefts have occurred during the day and a majority have taken place in buildings with common public access like Coffman Union, the Rec Center, or the libraries. As you might expect, thieves usually look to steal items they can easily walk away with like laptops, backpacks, or phones.

Please keep a close eye on your valuables, don't leave anything unattended even for a moment, and don't hesitate to call 911 if you see suspicious behavior in or around University buildings.

> Finally, we talk quite a bit about the importance of our public safety partners as we work to keep the campus safe. In the past week, we've seen two great examples of how partnerships with the Minneapolis Police and with the University community are essential in our public safety efforts.

First, UMPD was working on a recent auto theft and a series of vehicle break-ins near the Como Student Housing Cooperative. University Police asked to borrow the Minneapolis Police Bait Vehicle and MPD was happy to help out. Early Saturday morning the Bait Vehicle was stolen, and after a short ride Minneapolis Police deactivated the vehicle and arrested the suspect. Hats Off to MPD for their great help.

Second, on Wednesday morning a staff member in Ferguson Hall called to report the suspicious activity of a person going in and out of band practice rooms. Officers arrived, located the suspect, and after a chase through the West Bank tunnel system eventually caught and arrested the suspect. The suspect dropped a laptop during the chase that turned out to be stolen, and officers were able to locate the owner of the laptop and return it. There's reason to believe the suspect may be linked to other thefts on campus. Hats Off to the vigilant staff member who called police, and to the officers who responded and made the arrest.

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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