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IllE Gateway • volume xcviii number 10 


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Furnished with a molded plastic seat and drains 
in the floor in case of blood, urine, or Listerite 
vomit, your worry if you get arrested shouldn't 
be the upcoming charges, but whether you’ll ever 
feel your ass again after the ride to the station. 



Only hours earlier, a man had been picked up on campus for several 
province-wide warrants. Although he wasn’t a shirt less, drunken hillbilly, 
the night had suddenly become more TV-worthy. 

Once again, it's time to head out. this time with Sgt Roth. Now an MBA 
grad student, lie’s worked for CSS since the early '90s. As we head out into 
the dark night, I can’t help but notice the looks that drunk co-eds give the 
passing cop car. Tension is high—something almost laughable consider¬ 
ing that many officers for CSS are surpris¬ 
ingly easygoing i n their jobs and probably 
enjoyed the antics of the cops in Super (ITATq T_ — 

Troopers more than you did. ■ ■ C V w 

With no calls coming in, we make our _ 1 - __ — i. -. — 1 

way up to RATT. On the way back down. ClJjOUL OU PdliOl 
Sgt Roth's very presence causes one guy to 

jump back in surprise, choosing to wait UllIV/Cl b lUI 

for the next elevator instead of spending Q/J 

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At 11:30pm. we get our first call of TV/To m/ Til 9PPC in 

the night. A suspicious motorhome is IVICiliy XXX 

plugged in behind the Seville Cenrre at a, 1_ _ TTC TllT/M 1 1 j-1 

South Campus. We wheel into action, Lll© Uw WOUiU 

checking out Michener Park, an off- 1 rtrtA AAA 

campus student housing complex, on the XJLdv v5 uUU OUU 

way. Sgt Roth explains that because it’s so aavp XT—ai ^ 

separated from campus. Michener has its UlllvCl Q 1UI LiiC 

own issues—especially stolen bikes and ______ 1 y _£ 

vehicles, and occasionally domestic dis- SC&XIX6 OX 

By midnight, we've arrived at the RV, UcUPiwi 

and my hopes are lifted. The vehicle is 
old and somewhat tattered, and painted 
brown and beige—a trailer park special. 

Ryan and 1 exchange glances and get out of the vehicle, expecting a good 
show. However, once again, the situation is hardly Hollywood-esque: it’s 
just a tennis player with an early-morning game. Although I remain suspi¬ 
cious more out of hope for action titan anything else, Sgt Roth just tells the 
man to unplug the RV and move into a better-lit area. 

At 12:18am. a guy is caught urinating right outside the CSS office. Sgt 
Roth just shakes his head. With other officers on the scene, we lease to 
check up on the frat houses. The Dekes' party is already over. Turns out I 
was right: frats really are lame. 

By 12:30am, with little to do. we hit HUB on foot. As the end of the 
LRT line, it’s well-known to CSS for late night "sleepers." and I find myself 
wishing for a hobo. Sadly, only the cleaning crew remains. 

To break the boredom. Sgt Roth staris telling some of the many stories 
from his long career. As we pass Humanities, lie recalls arresting a man on 


the roof of the building. It turns out he was a university staff member with 
a video camera "borrowed" from Business, making some home movies of 
girls in their HUB apartments. 

"It was really awkward arresting a staff person, someone that I knew, 
for that.” Roth recalls 

The night continues on quietly, and Sgt Roth begins pointing out tlte 
various love-nests around campus. Although the fourth floor of Rutherford 

instantly comes to mind. Sgt Roth has 
stumbled on homy undergrads all over 
campus, including in the top floor 
Stairwell of Tory, and, naturally, those 
steaming up their cars—especially 
on the top floors of the Windsor and 
Education Carparks. I thank him for all 
the tips. 

By i :23am. die storytelling is put 
on pause as we stumble across over a 
vehicle going the wrong way down 
a one-way street in East Campus 
Village—apparently a popular occur¬ 
rence tonight. Sgt Roth flashes the lights 
and pulls die kid’s license to check for 
outstanding warrants or a suspended 
license. He's clean, and is let go with¬ 
out a tickec 

As we finish, a motion alarm sounds 
in RATT. We swerve into action and 
meet up with another officer. Dallas, 
on the main floor of SUB before get¬ 
ting in the elevator. The elevator doors 
open, and Sgt Roth and Dallas search 
the now-empty, bar. Sadly, it was a 
false alarm. The only offence in RATT that night was slow service. 

Sgt Roth calls a 10-8 on the radio at 2am. Time for a coffee break. And 
for Ryan and me, the night is over. 

We head to the only coffee place still open on campus at 2 in the morn¬ 
ing: Tim Hortons, naturally. Despite the stereotype, most only order a 
strong coffee. Although our night is done, there's still five hours left in the 
shift for Sgt Roth and the other officers of E Section. 

The men and women of CSS don't reflect any of the preconceived ste¬ 
reotypes I had of them. Far from arrogant rent-a-cops. they're experienced 
professionals who legitimately enjoy and care about what they do without 
any sort of malicious intent. In fact, during the night, not a single ticket was 
banded out for any infraction. 

"We're not here to screw anyone,” says Officer Clay, another- member of 
Section E. "We’re here to keep [students] safe and their stuff safe." G 


■ STAYING SAFE ON CAMPUS 

1 REALIZE that the campus does not exist in 
its own little bubble. Although it may be your 
home for eight months of the year, it's still in 
the middlecf the city. Serious crimes, such as 
assault or robbery, rarely happen on campus, 
but you should still use common sense, as they 
are frequent in Edmonton. 

2 USE the programs designed to keep you 
safe. Safewalk operates from 7pm-12:30am 
Monday through Thursday, and can be 
reached at 4-WAIK-ME. Safewalk will escort 
you in or around campus. If you can't reach 
Safewalk. CSS will escort you across campus, 
although you might have to wait for a bit. The 
Lone Worker Program is operated by CSS. If 
you're working alone on campus, you can 
register with CSS. and they'll check up on you 
either via phone or in person to ensure you're 
okay. It runs from 10pm-7am Monday through 
Friday, and 24 hours on weekends and holi¬ 
days and can be reached at 492-5252. 

3 WALK in groups. Before you go out, tell 
someone where you're going and when to 
expect you back. 

■ AVOIDING A TICKET 

1 DON'T be a jackass. This may be self explan¬ 
atory. but giving a ticket is at the officer's direc¬ 
tion, and they have no wish to ticket a nice guy. 
On the other hand, they're still people, and 
nobody likes a jerk. Sometimes, kissing ass is 
better than losing $150. 

2 DON'T get nervous when the officer returns 
to his car. For every traffic stop, they return to 
the car to check for suspended licenses, pro¬ 
vincial warrants, and to see whether you've 
had a run-in with them before. This is routine 
and completely normal. 

3 DON’T PANIC if it's your first run-in with 
5-0, you're almost definitely in the clear. Even 
if it's happened once before, you're probably 
still good. Just relax and wait for the officer to 
return with the news. It's the people who are 
stopped so frequently that the officers know 
them by name that have to be more careful