Husky NightWalk Service Area Expansion
Seattle — (March 29, 2017) — The UW Police Department is excited to announce the expansion of our Husky NightWalk program following a generous grant award. With this award, the UWPD will be able to support a growing need in the residential areas north of NE 45th Street and adjacent to our Seattle campus beginning April 1, 2017. This expansion will allow UWPD to enhance campus and local community safety as well as respond to the growing desire for additional security escorts to hundreds of students, faculty, and staff.
The Husky NightWalk program provides UW community members with a free, safe, and easy way to navigate the Seattle campus after dark when requested. Seven days a week, between 6:30 PM and 2 AM, uniformed security guards operate as walking escorts to any UW community member in need, within main campus as well as the UW Tower, and parking garages. A simple phone call to 206.685.WALK is all it takes to request a safety escort from a guard, who typically arrive within 5-15 minutes once dispatched. In addition, NightWalk security guards are trained to help people with a variety of other needs; such as on campus jump starts of dead car batteries, and building access assistance to faculty and staff (with proper identification) who are locked out of their offices.
This expansion will provide a safe alternative for students, faculty, and staff as they journey home after dark and provide hundreds of services to our community. Look for our guards in the median area near the “W”, on 45th & Memorial (weather dependent), as we kick off this NightWalk service enhancement on April 1st 2017.
KEY FEATURES OF THE EXPANSION
- Bounded by NE 45th St on the south, 15th Ave NE on the west, 22nd Ave NE to the east, and Ravenna Park in the north, the new service area would include all residences located on each border street, as outlined on the yellow boundary shown in the accompanying map
- Uniformed security guards would increase by 50%, to align with the anticipated increase in demand and broader geographical reach. The additional guards will help to provide services north of 45th St, working 18 hours per week during peak demand times on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
- As an added benefit to the community, the increased service scope will provide additional eyes and ears for UWPD and SPD, offering ‘neighborly – crime watch’ patrolling to report suspicious activity
More information on Husky NightWalk available at Husky NightWalk