Campus police officers at Elon University (NC) have been holding Campus Safety Office Hours in residential neighborhoods to build relationships and create different avenues for positive interactions, according to Campus Police Chief Joe LeMire. Each officer spends a 12-hour shift in a neighborhood, holding office hours to connect with students and be accessible to them. LeMire said he hopes students will talk with officers about anything on their minds.
“The police department in my own mind should be probably the safest place on campus,” LeMire told the Elon News Network. “Anybody should be able to walk in our front door and get a compassionate, empathetic, competent police officer to handle whatever it is they bring. It could be small, it could be big, it could be serious, could be personal, could be major crime, small crime. Whatever the issue is, they're going to get a person that's going to help them.”
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