After many long years patrolling West Virginia University’s fraternity row, the Morgantown Police Department has had enough. They’re done. They’ve seen too many walks of shame, too many littered beer cans, too many khakis, and not enough used condoms for how much sex they know was being had. Those visuals, or lack thereof, can really get to you after a while. They’re police officers, though. Men of the law. They can’t just say “THESE KIDS ARE GETTING TO US, MAN!” and get off scot free. No, they need an excuse…
Before, the line where an area was covered by university police instead of city police was mainly just the campus. Now that line has been expanded and university police can cover more area off campus that is typically the city police’s, such as frat row’s neighborhood.
The idea is to share city resources and keep the city police less occupied with smaller issues. Chief Ed Preston from the Morgantown Police Department says this will free up their hands for more vital emergencies.
“University police will be handling a lot of the things that were just really time-consuming and a lot of the nuisance things like noise complaints, parties, and those alcohol-related types of violations,” Preston said. “There are venues and avenues within the university system like your student conduct [board], the fraternity council, or your other organizations within the school that can deal with discipline issues.”
Ah, the old “we have better things to do” defense. I respect it, though it’s not without its inherent flaws. Considering there are probably more crimes committed on fraternity row than anywhere else in Morgantown, I’m not really sure the logic is all there, but I digress.
Realistically, this change isn’t the end of the world. The only real potential difference I can think of besides increased patrols, which would suck, is that those who get in trouble by campus PD can be reported directly to the university. WVU fraternity dudes can’t let that get in their way, though. When has a little reproof ever hurt somebody? Never, that’s when.
Here’s WDTV‘s video report.
First off, that’s a pretty nice t-shirt that guy’s rocking at 1:57. I wonder who makes it?
Secondly, it appears our boy Drew T isn’t too happy with this change in jurisdiction.
“I think, like, we’re in college and kids are obviously gonna be drinking no matter what,” said Drew Tomish. “And I get that they’re trying to keep everyone safe but I just think it’s a bit overkill.”
Although I agree with what Drew is saying, I’m not entirely certain that I understand where he’s going with his argument. That doesn’t matter, though. Why? Just look at him.
School hoodie? Yup. Backwards hat with flow tucked in? Boom. Hype man to his right? You know it. This guy is the exact representative you want when it comes to fraternal affairs. You can tell just by looking at him that he’s a man of the people, a man of our people.
You’ve converted me to your side, Drew. I’m behind you now and forever. Fight the good fight..
Image via WDTV