Possession of an illegal firearm, robbery, larceny, simple assault, drug possession and harassment are recent incidents listed on UCO’s daily crime log.
The University of Central Oklahoma, an easily accessible campus, is a community which, therefore, has some of the social issues prevalent in municipalities. Last fall, UCO had 17,239 students and it has nearly 2,700 full- and part-time employees, university spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles said.
On some incident calls, UCO campus police work with the Edmond Police Department. Earlier this month, a UCO traffic stop turned into a pursuit and arrest involving EPD officers; a loaded handgun was found in the suspect’s car.
Unlike cities, universities must abide by the Clery Act, a federal law intended to make more information available about criminal activity on America’s college campuses. It covers universities that receive federal funds and took effect on Oct. 1, 1998.
UCO’s comprehensive police department operates 24/7 with 16 certified armed police officers who, just like city cops, respond to calls, investigate crimes, make arrests and write incident reports. Jurisdiction includes all campus property and designated areas.
Earlier this year, the university began posting its daily crime log on its website with an eye toward transparency, said campus Police Chief Jeff Harp. It has incident numbers starting in January 2012. Previously, the log had been maintained for many years on paper.
Harp said his department had not received any response from the UCO community about the daily crime log until the inquiry by The Edmond Sun.
“We simply want people to be informed and to use that information to help keep themselves safe,” Harp said. “If you look at the crime log you will see that like most every police jurisdiction, our highest number of reported crime is essentially theft.”
Since most of these incidents are preventable through elimination of opportunity, UCO leaders hope that making this information available will help reduce a person’s likelihood of becoming a victim on or off campus, Harp said.
On UCO’s website in the Safety and Transportation Services section is a daily crime log. It lists the type of crime, case number, date/time incident was reported, date/time it occurred, the general location and disposition.
Following are some examples of reported crimes since January:
• Illegal fire arm on Aug. 3 at Main and Garland Godfrey (only incident listed for August). Police initiated a pursuit and apprehended an individual. Offenses included attempting to elude officers and transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. No further information is included on the incident report obtained by The Sun.
• A robbery was reported by a 27-year-old male July 26 at the Center for Transformative Learning, police said. The case remains active. No further details were included in the incident report.
• Four larceny incidents were reported in July; one case is closed and the others remain active.
• A man wanted on an Oklahoma County felony warrant was arrested on possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia complaints on July 15 near Ayers and Jefferson, police said.
• A 24-year-old female reported she was being stalked on June 30 near the Max Chambers Library, police said. It was listed as a harassment/stalking/intimidation incident. The case remains active.
• UCO assisted the Edmond Police Department with the apprehension of a person suspected of indecent exposure in a parking lot east of Wantland Stadium on June 26, police said. The arrestee faces an indecent exposure/obscene pictures/writings/minors complaint, police said.
• Six larceny, two other harassment/stalking/intimidation, three vandalism and one burglary were reported in June, police said.
• May incidents included two simple assaults, five larceny incidents, one liquor law violation and one burglary, police said.
UCO also published a 34-page 2011 annual security and fire safety report (other universities publish similar reports) that is available on its website, where additional public safety information is posted. UCO offers a 24/7 escort service, accessed by SafeWalk phones in most campus buildings.
Ada’s East Central University, classified like UCO as a regional university, offers access to a “Clery Report” on its website. It posts crime statistics from 2007-09 online.
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