Posted 7:26 AM 8/17/2012 : UA Police ready to increase weekend patrol around campus
TUCSON- The University of Arizona is bustling once again, as students return for the start of another semester.
Campus police are also out in full force. Starting tonight UA Police will have three extra officers patrolling campus on weekend nights. "If you take that into account in an area of our size, three officers is a significant increase in the number of officers we're putting out on patrol," UA Police Officer Juan Alvarez says.
The extra officers are all made possible by funding from the Arizona Office of Highway safety.
They will specifically be watching out for underage drinking and drunk driving. "We know that when young people either abuse alcohol, or are driving impaired it really puts others at risk and themselves at risk," ALvarez says.
Students who get caught face three scenarios. They might appear in court, head to jail, or if it's a first time offender, he or she can participate in a campus diversion program.
Students who spoke to News 4 Tucson say they're thankful for the extra set of eyes around campus. "I know it's a little scary living away from home and anyone can just walk on campus, so I think that makes me feel safer," UA Freshman Vicki Tozer says.
UA Police hope to keep the extra patrols throughout the school year, but it will all depend on funding, as well as what other activities are happening around campus.
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