DPS gets new substation, Stabler Hall chosen as base
For quite some time, UALR had only one police station. The Department of Public Safety has been based on the outer edge of campus. But, this is now changing.
The station at the University Plaza area is where all the police related activities has taken place. UALR’s Crime Prevention Officer, Jennifer Sibley, said the station on Asher disassociates them from students and faculties. Sibley is pleased to say that for the first time, UALR is opening up a new substation. As she was showing her new office that is located at the first floor of Stabler Hall, she said, “I love it [her new office], because it’s right in the middle of campus.” Sibley said that although the signs are not up yet, her office is already operating. The daytime, evening, and night patrols as well as the bike and foot patrols, are already using the Stabler substation as their base.
Sibley said she likes the location because there are many classes located at Stabler Hall and it is close to the theatre building. Sibley said she thinks this will make escorting students easier, especially the theatre majors who have odd hours and practices that can last until midnight. She said students can even call earlier and schedule for an escort to be ready when his or her class is over.
According to Sibley, UALR’s Police Chief Edward Smith, Lieutenant Jerome Bailey, and other officers have been pushing for a closer substation to ensure the safety of students and faculty. She said their goal is to prevent bad things from happening.
“Everybody is on board,” Sibley said. “We’re here to reach out to everyone we serve, we are servants. I believe police presence lowers crime, and we definitely are more of a presence now on our campus, inside our campus.”
The substation has offices, a restroom and a break room. Sibley said it did not cost a lot to transform the first floor of Stabler Hall into a police substation. She hopes that there will be more substations around campus and especially one close to the residence halls.
UALR’s Public Safety day shift is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The evening shift is from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and night shift is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.. Sibley said, if the doors are locked, anyone can call the number written on the window and wait there for an escort without having to go up to the primary station.