FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Pilot Program a Joint Venture with Chicago Police Department and Chicago Transit Authority
CHICAGO, March 13, 2006 Loyola University Chicago announces the opening of the new Granville Police Office located under the Granville Red Line stop in the Edgewater community, just south of Loyola’s campus. The new office, a pilot program, is the result of a joint venture between Loyola, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The office is dedicated in memory of Chicago Police Officer and Loyola graduate, Eric Solorio, who recently died in the line of duty.
The Loyola Granville Police Office is the first public-private partnership formed to help reduce crime and increase the visibility of two police departments on a less than attractive, but critically important and emerging, commercial corridor. Through this office, Loyola University Chicago, the CPD, the CTA, Alderman Mary Ann Smith, and the people of the Edgewater Community vow to make the street safer and more inviting to students, commuters, residents and shoppers.
“We are very excited about this collaboration because safety and security is a top priority for Loyola,” said Dr. Bernard Ward, director of campus security, Loyola. “We’re always looking for ways to be more proactive about educating, protecting and empowering the Loyola community when it comes to preventive safety measures, and this new office allows us to do that. We’re also hoping the community will look at the office as a safe haven and take advantage of our additional presence on Granville, even if it is just to stop in to get warm.”
The opening of the Granville Police Office also kicks off Loyola’s Safety Awareness Week and the launch of the university’s Chicago Safety Initiative, CSI: Loyola. This new program is designed to empower the Loyola community at large and encourage them to take a more active role in their personal safety. On Wednesday, March 15, the CSI Safety Awareness Summit will take place and include presentations from Campus Safety, the Wellness Center, Loyola Karate Club (self defense), Victims Advocacy Groups and CAPS. The Summit is open to the public and will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Bremner Lounge, Centennial Forum Student Union.
Facts about the Granville Police Office:
* 24-hour swipe card access to Loyola faculty, staff and students
* Manned by Loyola campus police, 24th District Chicago Police Department (foot patrol, beat officers and beat sergeants) and the Mass Transit Unit of the Chicago Police Department
* 24-hour interior and 360-degree exterior monitoring by Loyola Campus Security via cameras
* Loyola Campus Security will record the names of all individuals who swipe into the office instantaneously
* 24-hour interior and exterior lighting
* Interior and exterior emergency phone access
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.