With a variety of new approaches and a new police chief, Alabama A&M is aiming to lower its high crime statistics that are among the worst in the state.
Those approaches include getting more police officers spread more evenly throughout campus and building a better relationship between law enforcement officials and the student body.
That strategy is being implemented by Monica Ray, who took over in July and was not on campus when the negative statistics were compiled. The department has 22 officers and 11 security guards, which Ray said compares favorably across the nation for a campus with about 5,000 students.
"I would caution people from drawing conclusions from statistics," Ray said. "You can do a whole lot with statistics. What I would like for people to take away is that there is another side of the story."