BU funds new police position to focus on student safety off-campus

By Josh Martin

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University has funded a new police position to focus on keeping students safe and strengthening community relations.

Officer Dan Flanders will be directly handling issues related to off-campus Binghamton University students.

“It’s going to change things for me to where I am working more with the students and more with the parents of the students,” said Flanders.

The city of Binghamton said the officer will serve as a liaison between students and Binghamton Police, and also help city residents with issues involving college students and the areas they use to walk home from downtown.

“As far as primary areas, we are going to focus on the downtown area, the west side, basically the routes that the children, the students are going to be traveling home after bar hours and make sure that they are all getting home safely,” Flanders said.

Flanders will be stationed at Binghamton University's Downtown Center. He will patrol the downtown and west side areas, where most students live.

The addition will cost the university $50,000. After one year of implementation, the program will be evaluated and both the city and university will decide if they want to continue.