U of L student shot near Belknap Campus Saturday, Nov 12 2022 

By Joe Wilson

Early in the morning on Nov. 12, a U of L student was shot on Third Street, near Belknap Campus.

In a university-wide email, U of L announced a student was attending a party near Central Avenue. Around 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the house. After a quarrel, shots were fired, hitting a female student.

The student was immediately taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The suspect fled the scene, but police say there is no imminent threat to the campus community.

The Louisville Metro Police Department and the U of L Police Department are investigating the shooting. 

This is a breaking news story. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

 

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LMPD confronts armed man near medical school Tuesday, Oct 18 2022 

By Joe Wilson —

BRIEF: At 8:36am on Oct. 18, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) confronted an individual armed with a handgun at Jackson Street and Gray Street, near the U of L School of Medicine.

LMPD described the suspect as follows: “[A] black male wearing a black covering on his face, red UL hoodie, blue sweatpants and is armed with a handgun.”

Police say they last saw the individual walking south on Hancock Street and to avoid the area.

ULMP and ULPD will update as more information becomes available. Until then, the police departments urge people to stay alert to surroundings, use well-lit public walkways, avoid displaying smart phones while traveling and to use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service.

This is a breaking news story. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

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U of L Police Department and SGA Promote Campus Safety at Cookout Thursday, Oct 13 2022 

By Joe Wilson and Tate Luckey —

Burgers from the ULPD cookout on October 12th.

On Oct. 12, the University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to host a cookout outside the Bingham Humanities Building to promote campus safety.

“With campus safety being a big focus of our administration this year, and with it being a big priority on students’ lists overall, we thought an event like this to give students a chance to really meet ULPD officers, get to know them on a personal level—make it so they’re not just the figment behind the blue and red lights, make to where they’re actual people on campus that care about our students,” Academic Vice President Bryson Sebastian said. 

With an array of hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, and desserts, ULPD officers greeted students, staff, and faculty. Fliers containing information such as the latest crime reports and campus safety resources were handed out to educate the community.

During the cookout, Chief of Police Steven Green sat down with The Louisville Cardinal to talk about ULPD’s partnership with SGA and the most pressing security concerns on campus.

Students and staff wait to receive food during the ULPD cookout.

ULPD K-9 Unit available for students to hug.

The biggest emphasis was the importance of ULPD’s partnership with SGA. “We’re here for the safety of the students, faculty, and staff, and reaching out to them [SGA], they’re just a conduit for our message and putting that message out. It’s just been a great relationship so far,” he said. Green noted the collaboration between ULPD and SGA is the closest he has seen in the 11 years he has worked for ULPD.

When asked about his concerns in terms of campus safety, Green said: “Theft is always a problem here, bicycle theft, and things like that.” Green, however, also expressed optimism about the direction of campus safety. “I’m pretty happy with where we’re at, to be honest with you. I think we’re in a very safe community right now compared to what’s going on around us.” 

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U of L Police Department releases 2022 crime statistics report Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Joe Wilson —

The University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) has released its annual crime statistics report, showing drug abuse and liquor law violations to be the most reported crime. The report also contains data about fire safety incidents on campus.

Titled “2022 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report,” the report compiles police report data between 2019 and 2021. The report also shows data from U of L’s Belknap, Health Sciences Center, and ShelbyHurst campuses.

Reported crimes on Belknap Campuses mainly consist of drug violations, liquor violations, robbery, burglary, and sex offenses.

On the Health Sciences Center campus, there was a small number of reported crimes in the last three years, all related to drug and liquor law violations. Out of the number of crimes reported, the Health Sciences Center reported a general decrease in liquor and drug violations.

Additionally, there were no reported crimes on the ShelbyHurst campus.

Issuing a statement alongside the report, Interim Chief Steven Green said: “We will continue to build and grow. It is my honor and privilege to lead the University of Louisville Police Department. Our team is stronger than ever and looks forward to serving our community. We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be aware of the safety-related resources offered. Together we can commit to helping a better world take flight.”

U of L issued the report in accordance with The Clery Act, a federal law that requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics, and The Minger Act, a Kentucky state law that requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics to students.

The ULPD is a fully commissioned police department that receives law enforcement authority from provisions of Kentucky Revised Statutes 164.950-164.990. The ULPD works alongside the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to report and respond to crime on U of L’s campuses.

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Bomb threat at Patterson Stadium interrupts baseball game Monday, Apr 11 2022 

By Joe Wilson — 

On April 10, the University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) issued a RAVE alert shortly after 4 p.m. warning of a bomb threat at Patterson Stadium.

The University of Louisville Dispatch Center was alerted to an online social media conversation, in which an anonymous individual stated that a bomb was planned to detonate during today’s baseball game.

According to the ULPD, “We take these types of threats seriously and immediately evacuated Patterson Stadium as a safety precaution. Subsequently, resources from LMPD’s Bomb detection Unit were contacted for support.”

All athletes and fans in attendance were quickly directed to an off-site location. Then, members of the Bomb Detection Unit completed a thorough review of the stadium. After the Bomb Detection Unit determined the facility to be safe, the baseball players returned to the stadium and resumed their game. In the interest of safety, fans did not return to the stadium to watch the rest of the game.

At 5:31 p.m., ULPD sent a subsequent RAVE alert announcing that Patterson Stadium was safe and clear.

The bomb threat and its origin are the subject of an ongoing investigation. Any person that has any information regarding this incident should contact ULPD at (502) 852-6111.

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ULPD reports armed robbery at Twisted Taco Monday, Mar 7 2022 

By Madelin Shelton —

BRIEF: Someone was robbed at gunpoint near Twisted Taco by Louisville Hall shortly before 6 a.m. Monday. The University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) sent a RAVE alert shortly after describing the incident.

The suspect was described as a juvenile male under 6 feet tall wearing a hat, a black sweatshirt and armed with a hand gun. The assailant reportedly fled southbound on 4th Street.

A follow up RAVE alert was sent shortly after 5 p.m. Monday as ULPD claimed that the armed robbery suspect was spotted again near Community Park on the U of L campus. ULPD reported to be on the scene and asked all U of L students living in campus housing to shelter in place.

At 5:30 p.m. ULPD sent an all clear text alert, saying the suspect had fled the scene

This is a breaking news story. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

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Bringing awareness to ULPD safety tips for students Thursday, Oct 21 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

After a break-in and sexual assault of a female student at The Retreat was reported on October 11, students have been worried of the consequences to their personal safety around campus.

To ease these concerns, please keep in mind the following tips for staying safe on and around U of L campuses.

Never travel alone when in an unfamiliar area or late at night.

When traveling late at night, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. This is hard to do when walking alone. As such, consider bringing a travel companion with you — a friend, a classmate, a roommate, sibling, etc.

When you travel with others, you double the opportunity to spot any oddities in your area. Both you and your companion can be on the lookout for any weird noises, sights, or suspicious happenings. Please stay off of your phone.

If both of you are traveling to different places, you might want to walk together until one person gets to their destination. Once you know that they’re inside a building or around people that either of you trust, then you can leave. 

And be sure that you communicate with the other person at all times. Text or call the other person to let them know when you arrive. 

If you travel late at night, be sure to stay in well-lit areas. Belknap Campus has a walking trail called the “L Trail.” The L Trail is a long sidewalk path accompanied by streetlights to provide safer, well-lit travel between the SAC, the Quad, Ville Grill, and a few residence halls.

Keep doors and windows closed and locked at all times.

After the incident at The Retreat, U of L administration along with ULPD sent out reminders for students to keep all doors and windows locked when not in use. Before leaving for class, ensure that your doors and windows are closed and locked properly. When you go to bed, do the same thing. 

By keeping your doors and windows locked, you can protect yourself against potential break-ins.

Always have a police number on hand. 

Ensure that you know the numbers of any safety department on and around campus. U of L Chief of Police Gary Lewis that if you “see something, say something.” He urges anyone to use the campus police dispatch number (502) 852-6111 or 911.

If you have to call the dispatch for any reason, provide the dispatcher with your location and state of emergency. Give any details that you can about the emergency or about any possible perpetrators of a crime (if applicable). 

If traveling at night without a companion, call the university escort service to be taken to your destination. The service is free and easy to use. Call the Cardinal Cruiser escort service at 852-6111 to request an escort to anywhere within 4 blocks from Belknap Campus or to parking lots around the Health Sciences Center Campus.

You can also download the RAVE Guardian app to easily reach emergency services, report a tip on a crime, or make friends/emergency services aware of your ETA.

The university provides a variety of resources for students and faculty to be safe while on campus. You have a right to feel safe in public and especially at U of L. Don’t hesitate to utilize any resources necessary.

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal

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ULPD reports armed robbery at The Retreat also involved a sexual assault Wednesday, Oct 13 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

University of Louisville Police Department announced on Oct. 12 that the armed robbery committed at The Retreat on Oct. 11 also involved a sexual assault. The crime is believed to be connected with at least two other incidents.

“Today, the University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) and Louisville Metro Police Sexual Crime Division determined that each agency is investigating incidents involving a sexual predator who is considered armed and dangerous,” the email from U of L said.

“The first of two off-campus incidents was reported in late July to LMPD. UofL investigated an incident in August 2021 near University Pointe matching the description of the crimes.”

There is still no description of the suspect at this time on account of him wearing a mask when the crimes were committed.

ULPD has stationed more officers around campus during the evening and early morning in response to the Oct. 11 incident. They continue to encourage anyone with information to call (502) 852-6111.

The email ended with safety reminders from ULPD:

— Lock all doors and windows

— Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings

— Walk with confidence and purpose

— Use well-lit public walkways

— Walk with a friend.

— Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling

— Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service by calling (502) 852-6111

— Download the free RAVE safety app for your iPhone or Android phone.

File Graphic//The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Brief: student injured at Retreat armed robbery Monday, Oct 11 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

A U of L student was injured during a robbery at The Retreat apartment complex near campus around 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 11. A RAVE alert regarding the incident was sent out at 5:53 a.m.

The University of Louisville Police Department reports that officers responded to the report and the suspect fled the scene. The victim was a U of L student who was injured and had property stolen during the incident.

ULPD Chief of Police Gary Lewis did not give any further information when asked about the nature of the victim’s injuries or the weapon involved in the attack.

There is no physical description of the suspect at this time, but Lewis says that they are working with the victim to get more information. ULPD is encouraging anyone with information pertaining to this incident to call (502) 852-6111.

“We are reminding students faculty and staff not to provide access into facilities for non-affiliated persons by ‘propping’ or holding doors open,” Lewis said.

Students are also reminded to follow these safety tips provided by ULPD:

-Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
-Walk with confidence and purpose.
-Use well-lit public walkways.
-Walk with a friend.
-Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling.
-Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service by calling (502) 852-6111 -Download the free RAVE safety app for your iPhone or Android phone.

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Police foil attempted robbery near University Towers Thursday, Aug 26 2021 


By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville Police Department says it stopped an attempted robbery and assault of a student near University Tower Apartments early Wednesday morning. The info came in an Aug. 25  RAVE alert.

“A UofL police officer on patrol identified an attempted robbery and assault Wednesday at about 2:30 a.m. near University Tower Apartments,” the alert read. “The officer interrupted the assault and pursued the suspect, who fled the scene. UofL Police secured the immediate area. Staff are providing support and resources to the student. ULPD is expanding patrols in the area.”

ULPD Chief of Police Gary Lewis said that the investigation is ongoing and a physical description of the suspect cannot be released at this time. Lewis did not release any further information regarding property lost or injury suffered by the victim but said the victim received immediate care.

The RAVE alert was sent out at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday morning and Lewis said the alert was delayed because police did not perceive any urgent threat.

“The suspect fled the scene eliminating any immediate threat to the campus community. The investigation later revealed that an assault and attempted robbery had occurred and the notification was distributed to the campus community,” Lewis said.

ULPD reminds students to keep the following safety guidelines in mind:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk with confidence and purpose.
  • Use well-lit public walkways.
  • Walk with a friend.
  • Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling.
  • Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service by calling (502) 852-6111.
  • Download the free RAVE safety app for your iPhone or Android phone.

Anybody who has any information on this incident is encouraged to call (502) 852-6111.

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