ULPD introduces new motorcycle program to increase safety Sunday, Dec 1 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

University of Louisville students can expect to see two University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) motorcycles around campus from now on. ULPD is testing out a new motorcycle program to enhance campus safety.

“The University of Louisville Police Department has a consistent and proactive goal of innovation and enhancing safety across campus,” said ULPD chief Gary Lewis. “The addition of the Motorcycle Unit will enhance our ability to perform our mission. Motorcycles are cost and energy efficient, display effective mobility techniques, strengthen and builds [sic] upon public and community relations while improving campus coverage response times.”

Harley Davidson is leasing the motorcycles to ULPD for this program. The program’s cost will be $30,000 over the next three years said Lewis. Lewis also said this will be $10,000 cheaper than buying a new Ford SUV police cruiser.

Due to their smaller nature, these motorcycles will be used to monitor high traffic areas. “By their nature, high traffic areas can make it difficult to position a patrol car. Motorcycles, however, can be more effective at these locations due to the ease with which they can be positioned,” said Lewis. “Motorcycles can also assimilate into traffic for enforcement purposes easier than conventional patrol vehicles.”

ULPD also plans on using the motorcycles to cut down response times and provide more surveillance on campus. “The police motorcycle’s surveillance of the area can be overt to maximize the visible deterrent impact or covert to maximize tactical objectives,” said Lewis.

Lewis hopes this operation can be used in conjunction with educational campaigns and public information around campus. “Some agencies have even used these types of events to roll out new shipments of police motorcycles,” said Lewis. “Agencies can advertise the purchase of the motorcycles and associate them with a specific problem, whether it is red light running, speeding, aggressive driving, or some other traffic problem in that agency’s jurisdiction.”

Three ULPD officers trained for this program: Sgt. Oscar Chavez, Don Gosney and Doug Howard. The program has been in effect as of Nov. 11.

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Student removed from campus apartments after accidentally discharging firearm Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

A University of Louisville student living in the Cardinal Towne apartments accidentally discharged a firearm Nov. 23, sending the bullet through the above room. No one was injured in this situation, but the student who fired the gun has been removed from Cardinal Towne and is facing disciplinary actions.

Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Boehm sent out a letter to students Nov. 26. “The student who discharged the weapon has been removed from campus housing and is facing disciplinary action as defined by the code of student conduct,” said Boehm. “Our housing office reached out to the affected students, offering them the opportunity to move to other housing, and the Dean of Students’ office and ULPD have engaged with the students to provide additional support.”

U of L Dean of Students Michael Mardis addressed the media Nov. 26 and said the gun was immediately seized from the student in question. He also said that the student wasn’t removed from the housing complex until Nov. 25, even though the incident happened two days before.

There was no RAVE alert sent out for this incident on Nov. 23. “As a reminder, U of L issues RAVE alerts when there is an imminent danger to students, faculty and staff,” said Boehm. “Because ULPD and Campus Housing quickly engaged the situation, there was no further threat to other students.”

Boehm also said in the letter that safety is the university’s top priority. She mentioned U of L’s weapon policy which prohibits deadly weapons on any property owned, leased, operated or controlled by U of L. This policy has been in place since 1996.

While both Boehm and Mardis said that the bullet went into the student’s closet, images from the student in the above room show the bullet was inches from her bed.

Boehm urged students, faculty and staff to call ULPD if they see something that concerns them on campus. She also highlighted the Cardinal Principle, being a “community of care.”

“Our safety is in large part determined by the quality of our response and the strength of the ties between us,” she said.

The student who fired the shot isn’t facing criminal charges, but is facing possible expulsion from U of L.

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U of L campus upgrades for the fall Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Incoming and returning students can expect to have a couple new features on campus this fall.

One of those features is the introduction of Card Cruisers from the University of Louisville Police Department. This initiative will transport faculty and students across campus from dusk until dawn. The implementation of these cruisers is to increase safety on campus.

During these hours staff and students can call 852-6111 and they will be directed to an available security officer. The Card Cruisers will give rides anywhere on campus and to nearby apartments off campus.

They will be using existing security cars as the cruisers and have plans to add two more cruisers to the ensemble.

The other new feature students will notice are the upgrades being made to the third floor of Ekstrom Library.

Students can expect an entirely renovated third floor with new study spaces, reading rooms and a graduate student study area. This $3 million upgrade is primarily funded by gifts, endowments and grants.

U of L Libraries Dean Bob Fox said that with the growing population of students a more efficient space was necessary. The upgrades will allow more students to fit on the third floor but it will still remain a quiet space.

Renovations started in May after finals and are estimated to be completed by early September.

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Brief: Road closures are expected during president’s visit Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

By Maggie Vancampen —

Road closures around both campuses are scheduled as President Donald Trump is visiting Louisville Aug. 21.

University of Louisville Police Department sent the email Aug. 20.

The email said, “Trump is expected to travel from Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to downtown between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and return to the airport between 5:30 and 6 p.m. While the specific route is not being released, expect I-65 and any roads in that vicinity to be closed during those times.”

Some of the streets that may be effected around the Belknap campus include Eastern Parkway, University Boulevard, Cardinal Boulevard/Brandeis, Crittenden Drive and Floyd Street.

Health Science Campus streets possibly affected could be Liberty, Muhammad Ali, Chestnut, Floyd, Brook, Preston and Broadway.

The email also said that TARC routes might be effected too.

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