January 22, 2009

Campus Debuts Safe Ride Program

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Beginning this week, Case Western Reserve University students and employees have another alternative for getting around campus in the evening and late-night hours.

The Department of Police and Security announced the Safe Ride program, which provides transportation around campus, as well as University Circle. Police and security officers will transport students and staff in a specially marked security van from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. daily.

Sgt. Jeffrey Daberko said the new initiative expands upon the university's ongoing commitment to campus safety. "A lot of universities have something like this or a similar program. We've hired a new security officer just for this."

Daberko said it's important for the campus community to know that the university offers a variety of options for getting around campus safely. In addition to the new program, the university's police department will continue to provide the Campus Escort Service, which provides a walking escort to students, faculty and staff. In addition, shuttle buses run throughout the day, evening and night hours. "The Safe Ride program complements those efforts," Daberko explained.

Those interested in using the new Safe Ride program must call the police dispatcher at 368-3000 to arrange transportation. Once passengers provide their name, pick-up location, destination, and a call back number, they will be given an approximate wait time for transportation. If an officer is unavailable for the Safe Ride program, campus police will offer a walking escort or bus schedule information as an alternative.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, January 22, 2009 01:04 PM | News Topics: Faculty, Staff, Students, news

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