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Police Beat: 1/7

12/16/2014 9:18 p.m. A student was stopped outside of building L in North Lake Village and issued a verbal warning for an open container. The individual was 21 and holding a beer in her hand, and was asked to pour it out. 12/19/2014 7 a.m. UPD arrived at Griffin Hall to find a Christmas tree vandalized and ornaments strewn across the floor. The top of the tree was missing and the ornaments were broken, but no suspects were located. 12/19/2014 8:40 a.m. UPD received a complaint that someone had done donuts behind the baseball fields sometime during that night....

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Police Beat

10/21/2014 10:46 a.m. An individual was caught by UPD for doing donuts with their vehicle in the south in South Village. The subject agreed to help groundskeepers repair the damaged area. 10/21/2014 7:54 p.m. A father contacted UPD because his son hasn’t answered the phone when he usually does. UPD attempted to contact the student and there was no answer. The roommate was contacted via phone by the RA and stated he has not seen the student all day. After checking his room, the second roommate stated he saw the resident at 4:30 p.m. walking toward his vehicle. UPD left a note for him to contact his father. Resident called and stated he made contact with his father and all was well. 10/22/2014 12:18 a.m. In South Village, a complainant stated that there are individuals setting stuff on fire. He believed they were all males. UPD advised that they were using some sort of accelerant, such as lighter fluid on the concrete and setting it on fire. UPD states there was no damage. 10/22/2014 12:25 a.m. UPD reports that there are five individuals behind the construction site in South Village. 10/22/2014 1:02 a.m. In North Lake, a suspicious person was reported wearing black pants, shirt and helmet. The subject parked his bike and ran westbound through the buildings until UPD lost him when the officer got out of the...

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Police Beat (Oct 14 to 21)

10/14/2014 9:20 p.m. An individual called UPD to report that there was someone in his dorm that needed to be removed, and then hung up. Dispatch searched the resident roster, found the North Lake Village dorm of the caller, and then went to speak to the resident. The resident stated that he and his girlfriend are having relationship issues, and was advised to call UPD back if she does not leave. 10/14/2014 11:06 p.m. An anonymous caller reported that a resident was sending text messages stating that he was going to commit suicide. UPD contacted the on-call CAPS counselor to schedule an appointment for the next day. Several people stayed with the resident for the rest of the night, and advised that they would take the resident to his CAPS appointment the next day. 10/15/2014 10:59 a.m. A snapping turtle was discovered under a vehicle in Garage B. Grounds maintenance removed the turtle. 10/15/2014 4:37 p.m. A complainant reported a male subject sitting in a minivan in Garage 4 with the windows of his vehicle down, playing loud music and staring at people. UPD was unable to locate any person matching the description. 10/15/2014 11:51 p.m. A resident assistant witnessed a vehicle crash into a parked vehicle in West Lake Village. The driver was investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol, arrested and transported to Lee County Sheriff’s...

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Police beat: Week of 10/14

10/07/2014 2:24 p.m. A resident director requested an officer to meet at Osprey Hall while a student was moving out due to his suspension. The officer stood by while the resident collected his belongings and followed him off of campus without any issues. 10/07/2014 4:36 p.m. A dog was found swimming in front of the North Lake waterfront, and was brought to the bathhouse with no identification. The individual who found the dog advised that they will take the dog to Lee County Animal Control. 10/07/2014 4:57 a.m. A complainant reported an intoxicated male in the lobby of Biscayne Hall. EMS was dispatched, but the subject refused transport. He stated that he is attempting to join a fraternity and members of the frat “made” him consume a large amount of vodka as a condition to get into the fraternity. 10/08/2014 5:50 p.m. A South Village resident reported that she had received a threatening phone call from a blocked telephone number. She recognized the voice and requested to speak with an officer about the situation. 10/09/2014 8:25 a.m. A housing employee in West Lake Village requested assistance with keying into the room of an unruly resident who refused to open the bedroom door. The resident was detained in accordance with the Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary examination of people suspected to be mentally ill and a danger to...

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Police Beat: Week of 10/8

9/28/2014 7:08 p.m. A silver car spun out of control and went into the grass near the main entrance of the university. The vehicle was successfully pulled out by a tow truck, with no visible damage. 10/01/2014 2:32 p.m. A complainant reported a possible assault in the Cohen Center and reported it to the information booth. The victim was unavailable for comment, and the situation was referred to Judicial Affairs. 10/01/2014 5:05 p.m. A 3-foot alligator was spotted on the walkway between Sugden Hall and Garage 1. The alligator made its way back into the water. 10/02/2014 12:16 p.m....

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Police Beat: Week of 10/1

9/20/2014 12:53 a.m. A car drove into the coned off parking area in Garage 2 after hours. Driver was advised against parking there and left without incident. 9/21/2014 2:40 a.m. A student was pulled over on South Bridge Loop and given a warning for making an improper right turn. 9/21/2014 5:24 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on the first floor of Garage 4. It was a WGCU staff member parking in the garage to get out of the rain. 9/21/2014 4:32 p.m. The RA at the front desk of Biscayne Hall called to advise of a dog left...

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Safety comes first, but we’re second

University Primetime (UP) has recently named Florida Gulf Coast University the second safest university in America — only behind Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. UP used several criteria including how many arrests have been made on and off campus in recent years and number of student deaths. “The statistics account for nine types of criminal incidents, which we weighted based on a subjective judgment of violence,” said Chris Weigen, author of the article. University Chief of Police Steven Moore explained that the campus is safe due to a conjunctive effort made by the FGCU community, university police department, student affairs,...

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In Case of Emergency: University Police train for school shootings

On June 19th, CNN reported “that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.” That number represents the number of shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults in December 2012. This data was compiled by a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, which, according to its website (www.everytown.org) “is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.” Also according to Everytown for Gun Safety, “millions of guns change hands without background checks every year.” Among several initiatives to decrease gun violence in the US, one of the biggest initiatives that the group is working on...

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Police Beat: Blog threats, alarm malfunctions, welfare checks

Dec. 18, 2013 12:44 p.m. A father contacted UPD concerned that he hadn’t heard from his daughter after a 10 a.m. meeting with financial aid. The student was located and advised to call her father. Dec. 18, 2013 14:35 p.m. A student reported anonymous threats left on her blog to UPD. Dec. 19, 2013 4:26 a.m. A complainant requested an officer to drive around WLV while she was leaving for work because she felt as though someone had been watching her for a few days. An officer conducted a patrol of the area without incident. Dec. 21, 2013 11:28...

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