UA police recognize citizen contributions

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Every year, the University of Arizona Police Department recognizes students, staff, and even members of community for reporting suspicious activity or a crime in progress on campus.

Wednesday afternoon the University of Arizona police department presented six people with the partners with our community award.

"It's our way of acknowledging our community publicly and specific members of our community for entering in a partnership with us and for taking a more responsible role in the stewardship of our community,"

Of the six recipients of the award, four were for reporting the attempted theft of a bike.

In June, Jasimine Evans noticed a man walking around the bikes in front of Villa del Puente.

Evans knows the feeling of having her bike stolen.  When she saw someone trying to steal one of her co-worker's bikes, she stepped up and called the police.

"I saw him take the wire cutters out and I was like, 'Oh no, problem.'  [The police] arrived and he was apprehended.  The individual, he admitted everything," Evans said.

The U of A senior says it's great to be recognized for coming forward and reporting the incident, "It was just something I was going to do anyway, whether or not I got recognized.  It was just nice enough to stop a friends bike from being stolen and to get an award on top of it is really nice."

Chief Daykin says he's thankful that the six people stepped up, and his goal is to get more people in the community to follow in the footsteps of this year's recipients.

The six recipients received a certificate and a "Partners with our Community Challenge" coin.