The CSO program was recently eliminated. Who made this decision, and how much money will this save the university? Is there a chance that the program will return when the budget situation improves?
|The community safety officer program was a long-standing program of the UAF Police Department to employ students to provide additional security patrols and other supports to the UAF community.
The elimination of the program is a decision that I made (reluctantly) as one of many budget reduction steps to address the nearly 20 percent reduction in funding from all sources for the Division of Administrative Services in FY 17. This budget reduction option was discussed with the UAF Planning and Budget Committee (which recommended that it be preserved, but didn’t have alternate ideas for other comparably sized cuts) and with the chancellor and members of the Core Cabinet. I deferred finalizing until we saw the final budget allocation from the state in hopes that we’d have funds to preserve it.
Some of the factors considered were:
Yes, there is a chance the program will return if the budget improves. The Police Department viewed the CSO program as a relatively cost-effective “force magnifier.” In addition, it was a good opportunity for students to explore a law enforcement career and as such fits with UAF’s education mission.