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The Pine Needle rides along with campus police

By Christian Felkl
Staff Writer

Thursday night, Feb. 15, started out slow for Corporal Ed Strickland’s tour of duty at 9 p.m.
Slow wasn’t a bad thing.  It meant people were following the rules.
Strickland permitted a Pine Needle reporter to ride along. 
He patrolled the parking lots to make sure everything was safe and nobody was breaking into cars.
The first call came in at 10:30 p.m.  It was a call from a resident administrator in reference to an airsoft gun.  The officer found it and charged the people in the room. 
After that call, the patrols continued to make sure everything on campus was running smoothly.  Officers have different reports they have to do for various things and use 10- codes to talk to one another.
The next night during patrols, Officer Strickland started off with pulling a car over for a missing headlight for which he issued a verbal warning. 
After that he had to go lock up doors in a building and escorted two residents back to their buildings.    The night ended quietly and nothing major happened.
On Feb. 22, there was a call in reference to possible marijuana.  A person ended up getting arrested on a felony charge.
When Strickland got back to the station, he received a call for an accident that happened on University Road.
The UNCP police department was quick to respond and are here to protect and serve. 
They have a sense of humor a lot of the time, but when it comes time for business, they get serious and take care of what needs to be done. 
They said they enjoy working here and love doing their jobs. 
They said they would rather not have any calls, which mean people are following rules and acting in safe manners. 
They don’t always like being the bad guys and making arrests.
The officers are willing to talk to anyone at anytime about anything.

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