Reaching Out for Campus Safety

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

They have the ideas ...

"We had been looking at the neighborhood watch program," said one student.

And now they have the money ...

"At the beginning of rolling all this money out," said another student.

... to make their ideas, realities.

"It's not the only answer," said another, "but it's a great answer."

Thanks to $100,000 from the city of Madison, police will have a few extra resources to spend on the downtown and campus areas.

And that's good news for students who are reeling from one report after another of violent attacks in their neighhorhoods.

"Just yesterday, I have the newspaper article, there was a sexual assault on the 500 block of Langdon," said Cari Schulman, UW student. "It can happen anywhere and it's just scary."

Police called this meeting to get students, and other campus-area residents, involved in the safety process.

Captain Mary Schauf says police officers can sometimes use tunnel vision when trying to fix a problem.

With imput from the people that live in a neighborhood, she says officers can get a fresh perspective on how to fix an on-going problem.

"A lot of these really great ideas come from people that live and work and see what's going on in the area day to day," said Schauf.

The Madison city council will eventually decide how to use the extra safety money.

And Schauf hopes more people come forward with ideas between now and then.

That way, she says those who will be affected the most by the policy, will be the ones who helped create it.

"The really important step will be that people say, 'I can buy into this plan, I like it, I accept it and I have something that I can give back to my community,'" said Schauf.

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