In comparing the University of Florida to Florida State University, one of the areas that we conducted thorough research for was the crime between the campuses. To conduct this research, we not only looked into the individual campus police departments, the safety measures and the acts that are made and are being put forth by the given police departments to protect the college students; but we also examined the crime going on in the given towns that the colleges are in.
University Police Departments
When students go off to college, one of their main concerns, as well as their parent/guardians’, is that they are going to be protected. Universities around the United States have their own police departments, separate from the county that the college is in, so that the protection of the students is top priority, and people can be reassured that all safety measures are being taken to protect the security of the campus.
-The University of Florida Police Department
The University of Florida Police Department abides by Student Community Oriented Police Effort (S.C.O.P.E), stating that their mission is to provide “protection and service.” According to the University of Florida Police Department, the UFPD, “provides service to the university community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.” The UFPD has twenty officers assigned to bicycles, four assigned to motorcycle patrol, ten officers for specific communicational outreach, a K-9 unit, and specific officers under the Reserve Officer Program of the UFPD that are assigned to patrol Shands Hospital and the Health Science Center, which are part of the UF campus. At night, the UFPD provides Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) to deliver the safe transport of students around campus after dark.
For other emergency purposes, the University of Florida has approximately 245 Blue Light emergency phones located throughout the campus that are being monitored consistently by the UFPD.
The University of Florida Police Department’s website provides a list of sources/community services to help aid and provide information to the students. They provide a quick list of safety tips, information on traffic safety, awareness brochures, and travel safety tips. UFPD’s website highlights that the university has provided Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) courses since 1989, and offers them free to women at anytime to aid them to gain knowledge in the area of self defense.
The UFPD offers a various amount of victim services. Victim services are highlighted as being both on and off campus, as well as counseling and care for sexual harassment victims.
Aside from victim services, the UFPD provides Timely Warnings to students and faculty through text messages, the UFPD’s Twitter, and regular website, allowing that people be made aware of any possible crime going on.
—For more information on the UFPD, please click on any of the specific-highlighted links above, or the link below:
-The Florida State University Police Department
According to Florida State University Police Department’s Mission Statement, “[FSUPD] Supports the mission of the Florida State University by promoting a safe and secure higher education environment while providing proactive police and customer-related services aimed at reducing crime.”
The Florida State University Police Department, according to the FSUPD’s website, “was awarded its initial accreditation…in 2002.” It also explains that, “In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program.”
The FSUPD provides a thorough organizational chart of the police staff, which can be located on their website. The FSUPD has 40 professional police located throughout the university. Also, FSUPD maintains their own cycling team, as well as the fact that they have 5 police officers assigned to motorcycle patrol.
FSU has its own Blue Light/Phone Trail consisting of over 400 Blue Light emergency phones placed campus wide.
FSUPD offers free courses for Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D), to provide FSU’s female students with the knowledge of how to defend themselves.
— For more information on the FSUPD, please click on any of the specific-highlighted links above, or the link below:
Acts/Laws in Campus Crime Prevention
-Florida Statute 943.125
– According to FLA Statute 943.125, “(3) It is further the intent of the Legislature to encourage the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association to develop, either jointly or separately, a law enforcement agency accreditation program. The program must be independent of any law enforcement agency, the Florida Sheriffs Association, or the Florida Police Chiefs Association. The program must address, at a minimum, the following aspects of law enforcement:
(a) Vehicle pursuits.
(b) Seizure and forfeiture of contraband articles.
(c) Recording and processing citizens’ complaints.
(d) Use of force.
(e) Traffic stops.
(f) Handling natural and manmade disasters.
(g) Special operations.
(h) Prisoner transfer.
(i) Collection and preservation of evidence.
(j) Recruitment and selection.
(k) Officer training.
(l) Performance evaluations.
(m) Law enforcement disciplinary procedures and rights.
(n) Use of criminal investigative funds.”
– The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act
– According to the Jeanne Clery Act, “[the Jeanne Clery Act] is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.”
-For more information and the full context of the Jeanne Clery Act, you can go to the link below: http://www.securityoncampus.org/summary-jeanne-clery-act.
Campus Crime Rates
According to research on City Data, the population of Tallahassee, FL, where Florida State University is located, was at 181,376 as of 2010. City Data also provides that the population of Gainesville, FL, where the University of Florida is located, was at 124,354 as of 2010. While the city of Gainesville rests at 48.2 square miles, the land area of Tallahassee is 95.7 square miles, substantially larger than Gainesville.
Counting the fact that Tallahassee is larger than Gainesville, the crime rate is more elevated in some areas as well.
Through observing the crime logs on the websites of the UFPD and FSUPD, plus the overall crime rates from City Data, we put together a bar graph for crime rate comparison between the years 2008-2010. (Please click to enlarge).