AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A historic change is taking place on Auburn University's campus to increase public safety.
This is the largest change to AU's security since the Auburn Police Department took over patrolling the campus back in 2004.
Soon, you will see even more Auburn police officers cruising Auburn University's campus.
"We are adding 20 people over the next few years both on and off campus to keep up with the growth and the landscape," Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said.
Salaries will be paid for by both AU funds and city taxes.The largest hiring increase in several years for APD is just one part of the plan. Next year, AU will begin renovating its public safety building on Magnolia.
For the first time in history, Auburn Police will have a fully functional, satellite police precinct in the heart of AU's campus.
"What we hope it does it make it more accessible to them on a daily basis and the students will have a consistent location to go if they need police services," Register said. "[It will also] put us close in proximity to campus and help us work in the same space as Auburn Public Safety and build on that relationship."
"They are there to make you feel safe, but they are not overbearing, which is nice," AU student Clair Williams said.
"Auburn University, if you look at the statistics is one of the safest campus' in the country and we are hoping this will ensure it for decades to come."
While renovations are taking place at the public safety building, police officers and employees with AU's department of public safety will be working just next door, in portables.