After a football player was murdered and reports of rape in dorm rooms, law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols near Eastern Michigan University.
The EMU Department of Public Safety, the Ypsilanti Police Department, Washtenaw County SheriffÂ’s Department and Ypsilanti Township each will dedicate officers to begin specifically patrolling the Leforge Road area north of the EMU campus in Ypsilanti.
EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes said in a statement that the collaboration is an important step in helping to ensure the safety and security of EMU students and others living in and visiting the area north of campus.
The increased patrols come after EMU football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death in a hallway at the University Green apartments where he lived. The 20-year-old was shot multiple times in what police say may have been a robbery.
police said two reports of sexual assaults that occurred last weekend at the schoolÂ’s Putnam Residence Hall also factored into their decision to increase patrols. In both instances, the women reported being raped in their dorm rooms.
Heighes said the effect of the increased team patrols would be tracked and evaluated over the next few months and at the end of the year.