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SeattleCrime.com: Amid Rising Crime, UW Police Could Face Major Cuts

By Erica C. Barnett February 24, 2011

SeattleCrime.com reports that even as on-campus robberies, burglaries, drug arrests, and domestic assaults at the University of Washington have risen, the school may have eliminate six police officers, which would effectively discontinue crime prevention work, the detective unit, bike patrol, and the patrol of the Greek row, where 6,000 students reside," according to a letter from the UW Police Department to UW faculty this morning.
The letter says the potential cuts are the result of a 30-32% reduction in the money UW recieves from the state.

According to University of Washington crime statistics, on-campus robberies, burglaries, drug arrests, and domestic assaults all rose between 2007 and 2009, the latest year data was available.

UW police statistics show there were 70 burglaries in 2007, 75 in 2008, and 83 in 2009.

Robberies rose from 3 in 2007 to 6 in 2009, and Seattle police are still investigating a string of violent robberies which occurred near campus over the last few months.

Drug arrests climbed from 34 in 2007, 47 in 2008, and 48 in 2009.

And domestic violence assaults reported to the campus's Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service rose from 37 in 2008 to 46 in 2009.
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