Aggie Up striving to teach students and residents how to co-habitat

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 6:12pm

The Barracks Townhomes in College Station is primarily a student living complex but right next door is a permanent residential neighborhood and police say the close proximity can cause some issues.

"Loud parties at nights, parking violations and probably speeding are the top three complaints we get," said Officer Ryan Clements with the Community Enhancement Unit.

And it's not just a problem in this neighborhood but Sarah Jaks with A&M's Student Life says most of the time though it's a misunderstanding.

"A lot of times they may be painted as the bad guys of the students out there partying and being a nuisance but a lot of times it just takes that first collaboration with neighbors," Jaks said.

So in an effort to try and teach everyone how to live better together the police department and Aggie Up are going door-to-door talking to students and residents about what it means to be a good neighbor.

Aggie Op hopes the 'walk and talks' opens the door to better communication.

"Just to build those relationships so they know one another and realize that they may be coming from different sides of the spectrum but they can co-habitat and live peacefully in the same neighborhood," said Jaks.

And Officer Clements tells us it works, "It does help in the neighborhoods tremendously I think, not only in reducing the calls but building the relationship between the police department and the citizens and improving the quality of life in those neighborhoods."

We're told Aggie Up and the police departments try to do several walks both during the fall and spring semesters every year.

Wednesday they'll be visiting several streets in Bryan from 4-5:30 on Oaklawn, Aspen and Foch St.



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