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University of Cincinnati introduces Safety Ambassadors

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- So called "Safety Ambassadors" will begin patrolling U-Square and Short Vine near the University of Cincinnati's campus.
Walking 7-days a week from 6 p-m until 2:30 in the morning, the men and women in red jackets are not about making arrests.  But, they will be looking out for young people engaging in risky behavior and they will be in direct contact with police.

When you think of ambassadors you think about the people who help visitors get around downtown during big events.  These UC Ambassadors are trained by the same security company but they have a very different mission

Engaging in the community is really about looking out for UC students who hang out on Short Vine or at the new U-Square. Six safety ambassadors  will be in the neighborhood every day.

They don't carry guns. But they have a presence.  Four are veterans.  Mike Myers, a former marine and Eric Long was in the Air Force.

The point is to change the culture of community around university.  A culture that can find  young people doing risky things

Ambassadors will work with UC's police department and Cincinnati Police that already has walking patrols around campus.  The ambassadors  will go high tech on patrol.  While walking they scan buttons to keep track of where they've been, but there are also scans for incidents they encounter.  The scans keep track of what is happening where so ambassadors can go where they're needed.

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