The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s police station moved back to their original location next to Moody Hall and the Student Health Center on March 20 and is open to visitation from students.
The police were temporarily located at Randolph Hall while their original location was being renovated. Students are welcome to go to the new and improved police station for safety resources.
According to Lt. Billy Abrams, the public information officer for the UL Lafayette Police, the renovations were done so the police could occupy the portion of the building that was formally the post office.
“The post office moved to the Union to better serve the student population,” Abrams said. “The Union is right next to the resident halls so it was a better location for the post office to be.”
Abrams stressed the importance of knowing not only where the station is located, but knowing what the police station can offer students as well.
“Sometimes people think that the police department is just here to go out and patrol and that sort of thing, but we are much more than that,” he said.
According to Abrams, the UL Lafayette Police host safety seminars, hold self-defense classes and try to act as a source of information for students.
“We want (the university community) to know we are here to help. We are a source of information. Our primary function is to provide a safe environment for the university community,” he said.
He also mentioned there is a phone in the police station lobby that can connect students with a police dispatcher immediately in case of an emergency. The phone can be used at anytime, including nights and weekends.
“We want (students) to know and understand that we are (available) 24/7. If no one is here they can just pick up the phone and they will immediately be helped,” he said.
Despite this, Abram said he is aware that many students aren’t open to going to the police station voluntarily.
“Sometimes it’s a tough sell because when people come to campus, especially freshmen, it’s an opportunity to be independent,” he said. “They want to do things on their own and make their own choices, and that’s good. We certainly encourage and invite that as long as they are making good choices.”
Some students said they were not aware that the police station offered information services and would have been open to visiting had they known.
“It’s not advertised enough. This is the first time I’ve actually heard about it,” said Victoria Matis, a freshman, pre-law student at UL Lafayette.
Other students said they were aware the police station offered information services, but never really consider going simply because they don’t typically view the police station as somewhere to visit outside of an emergency situation.
“Honestly, I just never think to go to the police station. It’s not something that is usually on the front of my mind,” Camryn Bordelon, a junior general studies major at UL Lafayette, said.
Abrams said the police are still working on getting settled back in to their original building, but he said the UL Lafayette police are considering hosting an open house when the move-in process is finished.