Following string of racial incidents, UWSP campus police making security changes

​Interim Campus Police Chief Brian Bridges

WSAW Channel 7 Wausau

​By Kevin Carr

After a string of racially-motivated incidents last year, UW Stevens Point campus police are looking to the city's police force to better keep the college - and the community - a safer place.

NewsChannel 7 spoke to a student who was targeted by one of those incidents. Senior Jarron Baldwin says almost a year has passed since he found racial vandalism on the door to his dorm, and since then, walking across campus feels a bit different.

"I can walk around campus, yes. Do I feel somewhat safe? Yes and no," Baldwin explained. "But it's really more of I don't know who I can trust."

"Our campus received an increase in the number of reports of hate and bias directed not only at students, but some of our faculty and staff as well," UWSP Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Troy Seppelt said.

It's why campus police is working with city police, the college and the surrounding community to keep students and residents safer. Interim Campus Police Chief Brian Bridges says that includes managing hate crimes that may happen in or around campus.


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