In September, the University of Seoul (UOS) held the opening ceremony for a Campus Ansim-Sidae Patrol (Campus Patrol) with new members from the Dongdaemun Police Station. This time 51 UOS students volunteered for the patrol, and they will perform their roles until Dec. 14.
Every semester since the fall of 2015, UOS and the Dongdaemun Police Department have operated campus security patrols. A total of four patrol groups have been selected each year, which includes the vacation seasons during the summer and winter semesters. The patrol activities are conducted on campus and vulnerable areas adjacent to campus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and each member can select between one to three days to perform their duties. When a patrol volunteer’s work is finished, they receive certified volunteer work hours according to their participation.
During this patrol activity, employees from the Junnong Police Station and staff members from UOS are involved. Junnong’s police officers conduct joint patrols with the UOS student patrols to prevent accidents beforehand. These patrols are intended to prevent minor offenses around the campus and surrounding areas, by patrolling during the evening. They also try to prevent minor thefts around campus, such as stealing smartphones or bicycles.
One dormitory resident, Lee Seul-gi (School of Business Administration, ’15), said, “I witnessed their patrol and wish they would cover more areas. For example, by splitting into groups of 2 or 3 members, and not putting 6 members in one group like they do now, I think they could cover more ground and bring more security to campus.”