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Public Safety Director: Crime down on UM-Flint campus

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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.
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