A Balll State campus security officer shares a meal with students as part of a new community policing approach aided in part by a dining service program that foots the bill for the meals

A Balll State campus security officer shares a meal with students as part of a new community policing approach aided in part by a dining service program that foots the bill for the meals.

Meal Program Strengthens Dining/Campus Police Relations at Ball State

Dining Services pays for officers and students to share a meal as part of community policing and theft deterrence initiative.

As is typical at many large universities, Ball State has a problem with shoplifting at its busy retail locations, which constitute about 90 percent of the all-a-la-carte dining program’s business. But it was a problem difficult to get the campus police to take seriously until recently, when a new campus police chief provided the opportunity for a fresh start.

“Our new chief, James Duckham, suggested inviting students to eat with officers as one component of his community p

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