Sharon Fairley Describes UChicago’s New Public Safety Advisory Council

U. of C.'s new Public Safety Advisory Council to bring community members to the table

The University of Chicago’s new Public Safety Advisory Council is accepting applications for its first slate of representatives. 

The council, announced May 6, will “provide a formal mechanism for community input” around the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The council is the latest in a series of policing shifts from the city and U. of C. since last fall, including an increase in the number of patrols and traffic stops in the neighborhood. 

U. of C. Law School Professor Sharon R. Fairley said the university has been thinking about the council for "months if not years," spurred by community feedback about public safety gathered over listening sessions and stakeholder conversations. In the last few months, the school's administration put the plans into action.

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