Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS- Loyola University police are joining other police departments in the fight against crime in the Uptown area.

Loyola police have a new partnership with the NOPD and Tulane University police, to increase patrols off campus. They began talking about the partnership back in the spring when there was an increase in sexual assaults in the Uptown area near the campus.

The patrol started Friday night and already the new Loyola police patrol caught a suspect in a stabbing off campus.

'We're just going a little bit farther in the Uptown area where the university students seem to mingle especially at night,' said Chief Patrick Bailey, who is the Director of Loyola Public Safety.

'People are definitely nervous. There are a lot of shared cab rides, a lot of waiting for the street car, a lot of calling, especially, we love safe ride up here people can not get enough of Safe Ride. So nobody wants to walk back alone and the patrols are a huge help,' said Loyola senior Sam Winstrom, who is editor of the college newspaper The Maroon.

The partnership helps all agencies under a tight budget.

Students can call the Safe Ride shuttle service at 504-314-7233.

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