“Personally, whenever I see the police walking around Franklin I feel half safe and half nervous that I’m doing something wrong,” sophomore Chris Sutton said.
Crisp said the University wants to create a safe environment.
“We are increasing patrols and other efforts in order to make sure we are doing all that is possible to make our community as safe as it can be,” Crisp said.
After events like the recent kidnapping attempt, the Chapel Hill police and DPS are increasing the forces Thursday through Saturday nights to patrol Franklin Street and the rest of downtown.
For people that end up walking alone, especially in the dark, the foot patrols should allow for a more peaceful walk to the next destination.
“I think that the University should be providing more easily available options for getting students home safe,” sophomore Marigny Kirschke-Schwartz said.
The joint patrols are not a new initiative as they have been going on for a couple of years now.
According to Chapel Hill Town Council member Ed Harrison, the vote to set up the relationship in 2004 was a split vote, and the dissenter was then-council member Mark Kleinschmidt.
Sophomore Ben Wiggins said he is confident in the patrols ability to protect students.
“Nothing has happened to me personally to take any further precautions than normal,” he said.
It isn’t costing the town or University anything extra, as the employees would already be working at the time of the patrols.
“Given the contiguous nature of the town and University, it is absolutely necessary for the CHPD and DPS to be aligned and working hand in hand to attend to safety issues that relate to both,” Crisp said.
A letter was sent to the community recently that lists a number of tips and resources that people can use to try and be as safe as possible.
“These (foot patrols) have been and will continue to be conducted for the foreseeable future,” said Lt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesperson for Chapel Hill police.