Wake Forest University Police has assigned police officers as resource officers to individual residence halls and academic buildings to serve as liaison officers to students, faculty and staff in those buildings. This has been a practice for over ten years but we realized that people did not fully understand the role of a liaison officer and that implementing the School Resource Officer (SRO) program is more familiar to today’s student. Over 90% of students had SROs in their hometown schools.
Since Residence Halls are the majority of the campus buildings and offer living and learning environments, WFUPD enlisted Residence Life and Housing’s assistance in “kicking off” the new and improved WFURO program. Residence Life partnered with WFUPD and sent a representative to attend a three day Community Policing training event which created a greater understanding of the need for WFURO program in the residence halls. WFUROs will have more of a presence in hall/floor meetings, social activities and other events.
WFUPD realizes that we must partner with our entire campus community and they play a critical role is helping combat crime on campus. Crime prevention is everyone’s business. RO’s do not replace on duty patrol personnel. ALL crimes should be immediately reported by calling 911 (from a campus phone) or 336-758-5911 (from a cell phone) and should NOT wait until your assigned WFURO is on duty.