August 27, 2005

UWPD Incident Prevention Teams

By Aaron Hoard

The University created the Incident Prevention Team (IPT) to patrol Greek Row and the adjacent neighborhood of University Park

These IPT teams are staffed by two UW Police Department (UWPD) officers and members of the State Liquor Control Board, as needed. Because the area outside of the University of Washington is the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) jurisdiction, the IPTs operate under a mutual aid agreement between SPD and UWPD whereby SPD “invites” UWPD to work in their area of jurisdiction. Again this year, SPD has asked the UWPD to implement the IPTs in the area described above.

Patrols generally operate Thursday through Saturday nights. However, schedules are adjusted throughout the year based on demand and special events.

The Seattle Police Department has suggested that if you see something you wish to report to the police, please use the usual procedures by calling SPD’s non-emergency number to report any loud parties, noise complaints, etc. If it is an emergency, such as a life threatening incident or a serious crime in progress, you should call 911. If you have any questions about the IPTs, please contact Acting UWPD Assistant Chief Richard Lewis at rwlewis@u.washington.edu or 206-685-2550.

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