GW silent on police patrol levels

University officials are remaining silent on the University Police Department’s budget, after one top officer said funding cuts forced the number of patrols the department conducts across campus daily to shrink.

A University police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as officers are instructed not to speak with the media, said the number of daily patrols the department conducts saw a significant dip this year.

“Now, because of budget cuts, we’ve been policing the campus…at very low numbers,” the officer said.

University spokeswoman Jill Sankey declined to release data on the department’s budget numbers, saying all publicly available information is on the University budget office’s website.

The website does not provide specific information on budget funds that are allocated to UPD.

Sankey also declined to provide the number of patrols UPD makes daily. She said that information is not made public because it could create safety-related risks.

The officer said he does not have access to exact numbers on patrols, but that “they have been cut on a regular basis.”

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