The University of New Mexico has a fully-operating police department which dedicates hundreds of thousands of hours to patrolling campus. Now, the UNM Police Department is calling on the Lobo community to help it make UNM stronger and safer together.
“We have 40 sworn officers on our force, from the Chief to patrol officers. Those officers patrol UNM’s nearly 800-acre campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Police Chief Kevin McCabe. “That’s a lot of ground to cover, right in the heart of Albuquerque. UNMPD is dedicated to taking proactive measures to increasing the safety of our community, and we hope the community will help support that mission.”
#UNMStrongerTogetheris a UNM Police Department initiative designed to encourage more awareness of and participation in community policing on all UNM campuses.
Launched in at the beginning of the 2018 fall semester, the initiative mirrors one of UNM President Garnett S. Stokes’ main goals: campus safety. #UNMStrongerTogether utilizes digital signs, social media and campus partners to remind students, staff and faculty about the importance of community policing.
As part of the initiative, Officer Patricia Young developed the Safety Topic of the Month Page (STOMP).Every month, the department addresses a different safety topic on this page, to include information and resources on that topic. Through social media, safety tips and suggestions are shared. It also discusses the emergency and safety measures currently being taken on-campus.
“Through different methods of communication, we can share what resources we have on campus, around campus, and within the UNM Police Department to combat crime,” says Officer Young. “A lot of people aren’t aware of who we are, what we do, and how they can help. Our hope is that through awareness, students, faculty and staff will be able to participate more fully, and make the campus safer.”
Partners of the #UNMStrongerTogether campaign include UNM Police Department, Resident Life and University Communication and Marketing.