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New UAPD chief addresses campus security

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new police chief is at the helm at the University of Arizona Police Department and among his top priorities is keeping campus security strong.

Chief Brian Seastone took the leadership role in March, having already spent more than thirty years with the force.

Along with the chief, UAPD's 68 officers and a team of commanders, detectives and lieutenants oversee a campus that has more than 40,000 enrolled students. Seastone said being chief of a college campus is the best example of community-oriented policing, calling the UA a "mini city within a city."

"My vision for the department is to be more out in the community. I've asked our officers to be more on foot, on bicycles and start walking through areas that we traditionally haven't," Seastone said.

Regarding how UAPD plans to handle large-scale events like UA basketball games and other sporting events, Seastone said training plans for crowd control have always been in place.

"We've already been collaborating with the Tucson Police Department, with our dean of students, our university relations, a whole bunch of folks to start preparing for next year and even for other large-scale events," Seastone said.

The Spring Fling is the campus' next large-scale event that UAPD has been planning for with added police presence, according to Seastone.

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