The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Department of Public Safety is adding new law enforcement bicycle patrols on campus at the start of the academic year. (Photo: Steve Payne/THV 11 News)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Department of Public Safety is adding new law enforcement bicycle patrols on campus at the start of the academic year.
"It just gives us a good rapport with our students on campus. (It) makes them feel a little safer," said Lt. Johnny Smith with the UALR Police Department.
UALR Chief of Police Ed Smith says the goal is to reinforce relationships between the campus community and law enforcement.
"We get to know them and they get to know us. It's kind of like a personal thing," said Lt. Smith
Smith says the bike patrols are part of a larger initiative that will include the eventual opening of several new university police substations throughout the campus, starting with a substation in the Donaghey Student Center.
Over summer break, four officers were trained for the new bicycle patrol under the guidance of Lt. Johnny Smith, who himself trained at a two-week course given by the International Bicycle Association.
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