Contact: Michael Padilla, 277-1816
October 24, 2002
Los Alamos Natives Help Keep UNM Safe
Murphy and Kathleen Hildebrand, Los Alamos natives and nursing majors
at the University of New Mexico, strive to make UNM a safer place.
Serving as student patrollers for the Student Patrol Division of the
UNM Police Department, they offer services such as walking escorts, to
augment the Security Departments Escort Service, and usually work
from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The patrollers don cherry red shirts
emblazoned with UNM Student Patrol. The students are equipped
with radios, allowing them to be additional eyes and ears for the police.
I feel as though being a patroller is very important to the campus
life, said Murphy. We are depended upon to help people
get to classes with a feeling of security and safety.
Murphy said it is extremely important for students to be aware of their
surroundings, especially when walking around the campus at night. She
encourages students to not talk on cell phones or listen to head phones
when walking around the campus alone after dark.
The thing I like best about the job is being able to walk the campus
with a partner and help people with questions and escorts, said
Murphy. It is also nice to help the police officers on campus when
they ask for our support.
Hildebrand says she thinks that the student patrollers are making a difference
I hope that students feel safer on campus because of us,
Hildebrand said. I also enjoy the exercise and the social interaction
with my coworkers.
The two agree they are fortunate to be part of a team making a difference
They said the people at student patrol are extremely friendly and accommodate
their busy schedules and always understand that school comes first.
UNM Police Commander Jay Daniels says UNM is fortunate to have such dedicated
and motivated group of students serve as patrollers.
They are UNM students who have stepped up the to plate to make
this community a safer place to live, work and play, says Daniels.
They are out on campus daily checking the grounds for safety issues
such as lighting and emergency phones. They are a dedicated group of students
who are working hard to make everyones stay at UNM a safe one.
Murphys parents are Theresa and Ken Feller. Hildebrands mom is Mary Hildebrand.
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