Public Safety Director: Crime down on UM-Flint campus - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Public Safety Director: Crime down on UM-Flint campus

Posted: Updated:
FLINT (WJRT) - (06/09/14) - The University of Michigan-Flint's public safety director says crime is down on campus in every category in at least the last two years.

He says students play a big part in that and not just students attending classes and keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. They have student officers here actively patrolling the area.

"We like to say they're the eye, ears and smiles of DPS," said Ray Hall, UM-Flint Director of Public Safety.

It's not a new program - Hall said it has been revamped.

Student officers, like Minh Dang, are out and about on campus and Hall said it's helping keep crime down.

"Most of the time it's just patrolling," Dang said.

Monday, Dang was driving us around on a golf cart.

He says he's always looking for anything that just doesn't look right.
 
"Any suspicious people lurking around," he said.

The senior, studying physical therapy, not criminal justice, even played a part in an arrest, keeping an eye on someone suspected of stealing stuff from campus buildings.

"Until one of our officers was able to intercept him and he caught him and gave up his other buddies," Dang said.

Hall said the crime drop is a unified effort by the entire campus community.

"Our most important component is our students, who if they see something, they say something. If something looks suspicious, we're going to get a call at DPS," he said.

Hall said working with others agencies has been huge too - the Flint Police Department, the Genesee County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police.

The department changed its public safety strategy mid-2012, Hall said, when they noticed a trend of increased property crimes and other crimes, too.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Neighbors help catch hit-run suspect in Flint

    Neighbors help catch hit-run suspect in Flint

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:48:19 GMT
    A man involved in hit and run is caught with help from dozens of people in a south side Flint neighborhood. It happened Saturday evening after a man was hit by a speeding car on Pettibone Avenue near Fenton Road. Kurtis Fooks and his family were outside of their home on Pettibone when that car came down the street. He tried to get out of the way but was unable to avoid being hit "I feel like I have been hit by a truck and a train I still can't believe it," Fooks said. It wasn't a truck...
    A man involved in hit and run is caught with help from dozens of people in a south side Flint neighborhood. It happened Saturday evening after a man was hit by a speeding car on Pettibone Avenue near Fenton Road. Kurtis Fooks and his family were outside of their home on Pettibone when that car came down the street. He tried to get out of the way but was unable to avoid being hit "I feel like I have been hit by a truck and a train I still can't believe it," Fooks said. It wasn't a truck...
  • Man killed after crashing into vacant home infested with bees

    Man killed after crashing into vacant home infested with bees

    Man killed after crashing into vacant home infested with bees

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:31:02 GMT
    (07/30/2014) - A Saginaw county man died Wednesday afternoon after his car smashed into a vacant home infested with bees. It happened around 3:30 p.m. on West Spruce Street in St. Charles in Saginaw County. The car was rounding a curve on Spruce Road when it left the road and hit a vacant house.When people tried to help the man in the car, they were swarmed with bees. A spray was used to keep the bees at bay, and the car was pulled from the house. Investigators believe the driver may have suf...
    (07/30/2014) - A Saginaw county man died Wednesday afternoon after his car smashed into a vacant home infested with bees. It happened around 3:30 p.m. on West Spruce Street in St. Charles in Saginaw County. The car was rounding a curve on Spruce Road when it left the road and hit a vacant house.When people tried to help the man in the car, they were swarmed with bees. A spray was used to keep the bees at bay, and the car was pulled from the house. Investigators believe the driver may have suf...
  • Flint school leaders request more time to pay off debt

    Flint school leaders request more time to pay off debt

    Flint school leaders request more time to pay off debt

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:27:31 GMT
    (07/30/14) -The Flint school board approved a revised deficit elimination plan Wednesday nightThe original DEP approved by the state gives the district until 2018 to wipe out the deficit.The new plan would would give the district until 2021 to eliminate a 20-million dollar deficit.
    (07/30/14) -The Flint school board approved a revised deficit elimination plan Wednesday nightThe original DEP approved by the state gives the district until 2018 to wipe out the deficit.The new plan would would give the district until 2021 to eliminate a 20-million dollar deficit.
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.