Texas Tech is a contiguous and extremely self-contained campus. When you are on it, it seems like you have stepped out of Lubbock and into a new town or neighborhood. And like most neighborhoods, Texas Tech has campus police officers who patrol all day and night. The argument is made that these cops do nothing more than hand out parking tickets and act as the parental figures you thought you left at home, which is somewhat true. The campus police know when students are returning home from their evening festivities, and they always wait up. The issuing of public intoxication tickets is not a rare occurrence around the dorms. Also, the campus cops do not joke around when it comes to drinking and driving. If you drive one mile over the speed limit on campus or make the slightest swerve, you will get pulled over and examined.
Tech spends a lot of money to have these police officers patrol, but it must spend even more money paying the electric bill. Those who are not fond of the dark, don't fret. Large lamp posts guide late-night studiers to different buildings on campus, and a fully-lit track around the Rec Center gets rid of the "not enough time to work out" excuse that people use to justify the Freshman 15. Between the intimidating police, the well-lit walkways, and the campus' self-contained nature, living at Tech is comfortable and safe, and hopefully it will stay that way.