Chicago, IL – When students arrived at Kennedy-King College yesterday for the first day of fall classes, they noticed a new addition to the campus: security officers on bicycles.
Last month, Kennedy-King College’s Security Department began actively patrolling the campus using bicycles. This new initiative will help increase the presence of security on campus by working in conjunction with the College’s foot and vehicle patrols and the Chicago Police Department.
“The bicycle patrol exhibits a more proactive approach to law enforcement and how we serve our students, faculty and staff at Kennedy-King. It is a sensible approach to how we protect our open campus. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Joe DeLopez, Vice Chancellor of Safety and Security at City Colleges.
Joyce Ester, President of Kennedy-King College, agrees: “Kennedy-King College is fortunate to offer quality and affordable academic programs, a vibrant student life, and many resources for the community. The bicycle patrol unit enhances our student-focused culture and continues our commitment to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff.”
Officers have been trained to ride the bicycles and patrol the campus extending from 63rd to 65th and from Halsted to Union Streets from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. After 10 p.m., students and staff are no longer on campus.
Since the officers began riding last month, they have prevented a few incidents. The bike patrol intervened during a domestic disturbance in the area involving non-students, arrived as the first responder on the scene of two traffic accidents last week that took place on the corner of 63rd and Halsted Streets, and escorted a large group of teenagers off of the campus.
The officers were trained by the Illinois Mountain Bike Association in conjunction with the North East Multi-Regional Training.