Within the next few weeks, students will notice more of a police presence in the University of Connecticut’s Homer Babbidge Library.
The UConn Police Department will open a community outreach substation in room 137 in the library basement. The space was offered by the library administration, Deputy Police Chief Hans Rhynhart said.
“It will be open within the next couple of weeks,” Rhynhart said. “Most likely in mid-to-late February.”
Two years ago, UConn police established a community liaison with several groups on campus. Also, this past fall semester officers went to the library and gave snacks to students who were studying, Rhynhart said.
“We want to focus where we can meet the most students within the least amount of time,” he said.
One of the reasons why the substation will be located in the library is so that students can talk to officers in a less formal atmosphere. There will also be office hours for students to talk to officers. Another reason why the library was chosen for the location was because of its centrality on campus, Rhynhart said.
“We really just want students to get to know us,” Rhynhart said. “ Also, to provide information and to be more accessible in a less formal manner. Students can come to our office hours and talk to us about problems on campus or even sports.”
There is currently a police office located in the student union, but that will move out and be replaced by Husky Watch, the university’s escort service, Rhynhart said.
“We would like to see how we can meet the needs of the community,” Rhynhart said.
Annabelle Orlando is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.