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University of Iowa News Release


April 17, 2009

UI Police to assist Iowa City with weekend patrols through semester's end

In an effort to increase the police presence downtown and discourage assaults and mischief, two University of Iowa police officers will be joining patrols by Iowa City officers each weekend now through the end of the academic semester. The UI will also provide an additional mobile police patrol during the late hours and early mornings Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 17.

Larry Langley, associate director of the UI Police, said the joint law enforcement effort is intended to discourage misbehavior and provide city police with assistance issuing citations or making arrests for assaults or disorderly conduct.

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace Loh said the joint patrol is an outgrowth of an initiative to build on the robust town-gown relationship between the university and Iowa City to address harmful drinking. A cornerstone of that initiative is the recently formed Partnership for Alcohol Safety.

The partnership is made up of university representatives, business owners (including those that sell or serve alcohol), community organizations, law enforcement representatives and others. Led by a steering committee, the partnership is working to find ways to reduce the many risks associated with binge drinking, sustain an environment that supports student learning and success, and preserves community vitality.

The goal is not prohibition, Loh said, but rather finding a middle path that respects students' right to drink legally while ensuring that the campus and city -- from downtown to the neighborhoods –- remain safe, healthy, vibrant and attractive for everyone.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Larry Langley, associate director of UI Police, 319-335-5914; Tom Rocklin, UI interim vice president for student services and dean of students, 319-335-3557; Steve Pradarelli, University Relations, 319-384-0007,