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UW police reviewing emergency response plan

Jan 15, 2013 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- An average year for the University of Wyoming Police Department entails officers responding to about 12,000 total calls -- 2,000 criminal and 10,000 non-criminal.

UW Police Chief Mike Samp described 2012 as an average year for the campus law enforcement agency. Year-end numbers are currently being compiled and won't be available until March, the police chief said.

He said the more serious crimes last year included sexual assaults and a high volume of larcenies and burglaries. Statistical data in the year-end report should shed more light on crime trends, he added.

UWPD includes 14 full-time, sworn police officers that operate year-round.

The department also monitors university property statewide.

Samp said one change for UWPD in 2013 is that the campus Police Department will be able to utilize its Campus Resource Officer, a designated crime prevention specialist, full time.

Officer Aaron Appelhans recently completed certification, the police chief said, allowing him to operate as the resource officer. The position's responsibilities include coordinating trainings for the public, serving as a liaison to campus groups and conducting safety orientation for new students, among other duties.

"Hopefully, we'll see some results in a lesser number of crimes and (benefits) in primary prevention," said Samp, who has been police chief for six months and worked for UWPD for 15 years. "It'll also free up some of the staff (who) were assisting in those areas."

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