Assault, batteries up; burglaries down

Jack Tierney, Editor in chief

The University Police released their 2019 crime report, showing that burglaries were down 86% and thefts were down 66% from 2014-2018.

Between 2017 and 2018, sexual assaults went from 5 to 4 victims, respectively, while assaults, batteries and robberies went up.

Four rapes were reported in 2018: two on campus and two inside residence halls. Reports also included one robbery, on campus; and 10 aggravated assaults, four on campus, four in residence halls and two on public property.  UP has jurisdiction over public property that is built though or adjacent to campus.

UWO reported 1,122 drug or alcohol referrals, of which 954 were alcohol, down 87 from the year before; there were 71 drug arrests on campus, in residence halls or on public property. In addition, there were 21 domestic violence, dating violence and stalking offenses on campus or in-residence halls reported.

UWO reported two hate crimes for intimidation in 2018.

The report stated there were 139 calls for marijuana, 1,104 traffic stops, 300 suspicious incidents, 155 welfare checks and 334 assists to other agencies.

UW-Fox Cities had one stalking offense reported and 15 alcohol referrals. UW-Fond du Lac had four dating violence offenses.

UWO parking services showed 82% of their revenue coming from permit sales with 3,400 parking spaces available. Approximately 7%, 10% and 1% of the revenue came from pay stations, tickets and “other,” respectively.

Revenue was distributed for snow removal, operations, GO Transit, staff, safety and lot maintenance and expenses.

Some UP goals for 2019 include:

• Finalize university emergency management plan
• Open an emergency operations and intelligence center
• Implement a new parking management system

Any university that collects federal funds is required to submit an annual crime report by Oct. 1. The federal law is called The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act, but is referred to as the Clery Act.

Jeanne Clery was a freshman at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who was murdered and sexually assaulted in her campus residence hall room by another student. Her university hadn’t informed students about 38 violent crimes on campus in the three years before her murder, and Clery’s parents led the effort to enact the original Campus Security Act.

In 1998, Congress formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Parents, employers, students and prospective students have access to the Clery Act, as well as the daily crime log on the UP website.

“Safety and public service will always be our No. 1 priority for this campus,” UP Chief Kurt Leibold said. “Officers at UWOPD are measure by what doesn’t happen in their areas, not necessarily by the number of citations or arrests they create.”

The UP also introduced three officers in their 2019 report: Allison “Alli” Van Toll, Chad Ewing and Matt Bauman. In addition, they added search and rescue, tracking and an explosives detection dog named Skylar.

Additionally, they merged their risk management team with the Office of Sponsored Programs, which the report said allowed for significant savings.

UWO continues its focus on community involvement with the Red Zone initiative, chancellor and chief safety walk and their involvement in the Winnebago County Drug & Alcohol Coalition. Run with the Cops raised $64,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin in 2018.

“I am extremely proud to be part of this police department and of the great work that is accomplished every day by the members of the UW Oshkosh police, parking and risk and safety team,” Leibold said.

UP 2019-2020 events include:

• Run with the Cops (October)
• Take Back The Night (October)
• Careers in Criminal Justice (April & November)
• Coffee with a Cop (monthly)
• Polar Plunge (February)
• Kids & Cops Basketball (March)
• Cornholin’ for Cops & Vets (March)
• Shamrock Shuffle (March)
• Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament (April)
• Ally March (April)
• Bye Gosh Fest (May)
• Oshkosh Bike Rodeo (May)
• Investigate Police (June)

This story was updated to include numbers of alcohol and drug reports, hate crimes, and statistics for the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses. The Advance-Titan did not originally have access to the full report.