Duques security will continue

The University Police Department will continue to keep an officer posted outside of Duques Hall as a “security presence,” in response to an assault on a student in the building last month, UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said this week.

Stafford said that while Duques is the only building with continued extra security, the department is constantly shifting staff around campus to respond to various security issues. Stafford said her department employs plainclothes officers and said they make up 5 to 10 percent of the force, but declined to detail their responsibilities.

Stafford said the University is constantly rearranging both uniformed and plainclothes staff, whether the student body is aware of the changes or not.

“If things occur, we move staff around. Sometimes it’s visible to you, sometimes it isn’t,” Stafford said.

The officer in Duques Hall, Stafford said, is there purely for “security presence” and will remain there for “the foreseeable future.”

“We’re evaluating on a week-to-week basis,” Stafford said. “They’re not going to stop and ID students. But again, that could change in three hours. We are continuously making adjustments to where we are, what we’re focusing on and what’s happening in the community.”

Stafford also said some of the more visible on-campus changes, including an employee checking GWorlds in the lobby of Munson Hall last week, are in response to security issues. In that specific incidence, the front door was not working properly and security was posted at the location until the door was repaired, Stafford said.

“So our security on any given day, we’re addressing numerous issues, including special events on campus, incidents that occur on campus, and those types of facilities issues that arise,” Stafford said.

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