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UC police now patrol off campus again after urging from the community

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The University of Cincinnati Police Department announced a new interim patrol plan Friday.

Effective immediately, the department has started patrolling the areas around campus again after they were were temporarily forced to stop amidst the investigation into the shooting of Sam DuBose.

According to authorities, UC officers will not be able to do what they call "proactive traffic enforcement,"and will act only as backup to the Cincinnati Police Department.

However, UC police will respond to calls for service and take immediate action if they see a crime in progress, said officials.

According to former UC police chief Gene Ferrerra, back in 2003, there were 6000 students that lived within a mile of campus.

Reports showed that UC had experienced a spike in robberies and CPD didn't have any more resources to give to the problem. That's how the agreement was reached for UC to patrol Cincinnati streets.

That agreement lead to 6 years of crime ticking down around the University, stated Ferrerra. 

In a statement, UC president Santa Ono said in part, "I have received many requests for their return to service. Resumption of our UC patrols will be a reassurance to many members of our community, including parents, as we prepare for another academic year to begin."

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