Patt Morrison for April 26, 2012

USC, LAPD to increase security near campus post shootings

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman

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Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French holds a poster offering a USD $125,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Ming Qu (L) and Ying Wu (R), two University of Southern California (USC) students from China, during a news conference April 13, 2012 in the Los Angeles street where the murders occured two days ago.

Following recent shooting deaths and robberies of students near the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Police Department and USC officials Thursday announced changes to campus safety measures. Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference that 30 additional officers will be placed in the LAPD’s southwest division, with four assigned to the USC campus area.

Other security measures will include a predictive policing model to target property crime. USC President C.L. Max Nikias noted the LAPD is working with USC’s Department of Public Safety and the university to bump up preventive measures.

Two international engineering USC students from China, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, were shot and killed April 11 as they sat in a parked car near campus. A group of students were reportedly robbed a week later, on April 18, and a USC campus officer shot the alleged armed robbery suspect.

WEIGH IN:

Are the amped up security measures enough to ensure the safety of students, residents and staff in the USC area?

Guests:

LAPD Commander Andy Smith, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department

Erika Aguilar, crime and safety reporter, KPCC


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