University police to join THPD in bike patrols

October 8 2008

Indiana State University police will join the Terre Haute Police Department in joint bicycle patrols in an area just north of campus that is largely populated by university students.

The patrols, which will be conducted on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. beginning this weekend (Oct. 9 - 11) and lasting through ISU's Homecoming (Oct. 25), are designed to increase police presence in an area that has recently seen an increase in late night activity.

"We are excited about this program for several reasons," said Bill Mercier, chief of ISU police. "First, it gives us another opportunity to work cooperatively with the Terre Haute Police and demonstrate that we are not just interested in what happens on campus but are deeply committed to addressing quality of life issues in the community where we all live. Second, by using bicycles for this patrol we will not only be conserving fuel but will be utilizing a patrol method that has repeatedly been shown to be effective not only in crime prevention but in bringing police closer to the public."

It is also hoped joint patrols will help in reducing alcohol violations and other disturbances that have increased in the area, Mercier said.

The area covered by these patrols will be from Tippecanoe Street north to Locust Street and from Fourth Street east to 10th Street. The patrols will be conducted on a trial basis this month and, if successful, may be reintroduced in the spring.

"This is an area that has seen a large increase in student residents and we feel it makes sense for us to assist city police in providing police service to this growing area", Mercier said.

Contact: Bill Mercier, director of public safety, Indiana State University, 812-237-7829 or wmercier@indstate.edu

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ISU police will join the Terre Haute Police Department in joint bicycle patrols in an area just north of campus that is largely populated by university students. The patrols will be conducted on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. begin Oct. 9 and lasting through ISU's Homecoming on Oct. 25.

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