AUBURN – Auburn University and the Auburn Police Division have joined together to provide a police substation on campus where officers can gather, meet with students and respond to campus emergencies.
“The new substation offers the potential for faster response to crimes on campus and serves as a visual deterrent to those intending to cause harm or damage to the university,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. “Students, faculty and staff now have an additional resource to call on when reporting crimes or seeking officer assistance and the presence of APD officers is enhanced with a physical location for them to operate.”
The substation is located on the Heisman Drive side of the Student Center, adjacent to the Tiger Transit office and across the road from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Student Center was selected because of its central location on campus and accessibility to all students, faculty and staff. The location also offers access for police cruisers to enter and exit the substation with minimal traffic.
The idea was to have a centralized location where those on campus can meet with an officer to file a complaint or an officer can meet with witnesses without having to travel to the City of Auburn Police Division office on North Ross Street.
“Where we always have a number of officers on campus, an individual may not simply run into one to ask for information,” said Capt. Tommy Carswell of Auburn Police Division. “We are now able to have an officer at a single location at the disposal of those in need.”
Officers will continue to be on patrol throughout campus and respond to events or emergencies in their patrol areas.
“Hopefully, those on campus will feel safer and feel they are being better served by this endeavor,” Carswell said. “Just as we have officers here at the North Ross office who will take reports, answer questions and respond to requests and needs, we now have an officer on campus to do the same; those on campus do not have to come here any longer unless they choose to do so.”
With the Auburn University Department of Public Safety office on West Magnolia Avenue near the Village residence halls, the substation enhances a comprehensive city and university police response network. Initially, the substation will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a courtesy phone to the police communications office will be available outside the office when it is not manned.
“The university and City of Auburn worked collaboratively to establish the police substation in the Student Center as part of an ongoing commitment to providing a safer campus community,” said Melvin Owens, director of Auburn University Public Safety. “The substation provides an easily accessible on-campus location which will allow students, faculty and staff to conduct routine police business and enables officers to have a centralized location on campus to receive reports and interview witnesses.”
The substation is currently open and in operation, but plans are under way for an official ribbon cutting and grand opening this fall.