"There was a lot of training leading up to and even throughout this year," Marquette University Police Chief Paul Mascari said.
Mascari said police officers can make arrests and pull drivers over for traffic violations. They also have access to databases where they can do criminal background checks on people or search for outstanding warrants. In the past, all those duties had to be handed over to the Milwaukee Police Department.
“It used to be very reactive,” Mascari said. “Now we’re much more proactive.”
Mascari said he believes the increased presence of police officers at Marquette also deters crime as people take note of the squad cars and flashing lights.
“People knew what our limitations were in the past,” Mascari said, adding that robberies in the police department’s patrol area are down 35 percent during this school year compared to the 2014-15 year.
Marquette student Jessica Kaplan said she’s noticed fewer crime alerts related to robberies coming in via email this year.