Updated 08/31/2012 04:11 PM
Police stay proactive with returning students
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POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The return of thousands of college students to Potsdam is an exciting thing for the community, but it also means more work for the police department and campus security.
Police say when college students return, they receive an increase in the number of complaints, concerning traffic, littering and loud parties. But the police department says they're proactive in working with both SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University to help keep the students and residents safe.
"We address the freshman orientation groups and all the RA, RD's and area coordinator staffs that work for both universities. Just to let them know how they can contact the police and what situations they should bring to our attention and how we can help them and work with them," said Potsdam Police Department Lieutenant Mark Murray.
Police say they are working with limited resources because of fiscal constraints and it's critical to work collaboratively with college security and other police departments to keep their streets safe.