USF's first police chief weighs in on thin ranks
The University of South Florida's first police chief Paul Uravich, who served nearly three decades, weighed in this week on concerned students' sit-in to demand more resources and officers. (To read the story, click here.)
Check out the comments he posted on the blog for the Oracle, USF's student paper:
"I was extremely proud to see the support shown by the students for the very real campus safety concerns caused by an underfunded and understaffed University Police Dept. In my twenty-nine years as Chief of the UPD, conditions were never allowed to deteriorate to the levels they have now reached. We experienced shortfalls and necessary cutbacks but were always given the resources necessary to maintain campus safety.
"Bert Hartley and Rick Fender were leaders who recognized and supported the need to provide a professional UPD capable of meeting the safety and security needs of our campus. Since their departure from USF, I have seen little evidence of continued concern and support for the police function.
What has been done to upgrade or support the police department since the Va Tech incident? Gov. Crist convened a committee to identify deficiencies and needs of police departments on all Florida campuses. What has resulted from this effort?
Chief Longo has provided documentation that very clearly identified his concerns and the issues relating to the ability of the UPD to meet basic safety needs. Again, what has been done to deal with the issues he so clearly identified? I have heard nothing in this regard.
The students, faculty and staff, and visitors to the campus deserve more than a token police force that is not given the resources it needs to continue to provide for competent, professional police services on the campus."