UCFPD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office came together to make a joint announcement Thursday afternoon about a partnership to raid bars and patrol off campus housing complexes to combat crime.
Knight News was first to report on the Cinco De Mayo bar raids near UCF, a result of this new partnership.
UCF police and the OCSO deputies are introducing a new program called SNAP. SNAP stands for Sector 2 Noise and Alcohol Patrols. They believe that parties, underage drinking, and driving under the influence are precursors to many of the recent crimes, and as a result, will start to pay closer attention to such behaviors.
The SNAP program is going to be enforced at least throughout the following semesters, particularly at local bars and UCF home football games.
The OCSO is starting to work with off campus housing complexes in order to create a crime free multi-housing network.
This program is responsible for informing the apartments who has been involved in the recent crimes. They hope this will stop criminals from acting in one community and then hitting another right after.
The OCSO is also increasing their patrol of the off campus Greek Park, informally known as the “Greek Ghetto”, home to six fraternity houses and one recently expelled fraternity. The area is home to many who are believed to be gang members, and is where many recent burglaries, shootings, rapes, and drug related incidents have occurred.
Both the UCFPD and OCSO are aware of the crimes happening in the UCF area and are asking for patience as they attempt to eliminate the problems together.