CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati announced its new director of public safety and chief of police Thursday.
Jason Goodrich will serve as the new director of public safety and chief of police for the university. He is coming to UC from Lamar University in Texas, where he has been serving as police chief since 2011.
"I am very excited to join the team at UC! The opportunity to lead policing efforts at a world-class institution like UC is truly special and I am humbled to be selected," Goodrich said. "Together we will continue to develop the University of Cincinnati Police Department into a national model for campus law enforcement."
According to UC officials, the university conducted a nationwide search to find someone qualified to lead its public safety efforts.
"The role of director of public safety and police chief is a central one in continuing our successful efforts to enhance the safety of our campus community," said UC President Santa Ono. "The new chief will be expected to continue to work with the President's Campus Safety Committee to continue our strategic initiatives and make safety the highest priority."
UC has seen a rise in safety concerns this year, with robberies reported almost every week near campus. But, believe it or not, officials at UC say crime rates are actually down.
Still, the university is beefing up its patrols. UC announced last month that they will be hiring 24 more police officers and 10 security officers for campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Jeff Corcoran has been serving as interim police chief since former Chief Michael Cureton resigned last year.
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