NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University has installed security cameras at 12 sites in the city's fifth and sixth wards, areas around the school where students often frequent and live in off-campus housing.

This effort to deter crime is the result of a partnership involving university police, the university's chancellor for New Brunswick, the university Student Assembly and the city, Rutgers officials said today.

“These cameras bolster our commitment to the safety of the Rutgers and New Brunswick communities," said Rutgers police Chief Kenneth Cop, who is also the university director of public safety.

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City police Director Anthony Caputo said the added camera will add to the resources and "commitment to keep our students and residents safe in New Brunswick.”

Rutgers, in a statement today, said the installation of the cameras was paid for with funds from the chancellor's office and the student assembly.

The camera, officials said, were put in operation in August.

Assembly president Suzanne Link, in the statement issued by the university, called the cameras "critical in creating a safer environment for Rutgers students" and city residents.

This is the latest joint effort between Rutgers and the city.

In June, Rutgers police took over the 911 system and dispatching duties for New Brunswick police.  City officials said Rutgers could provide the service for less than the city paid to employ dispatchers.

Recently two Rutgers students were beaten following a argument on Easton Avenue, much of which is in the fifth and sixth wards. The assault occurred Sept. 4, the day before classes began.

One week later, on Sept. 11, Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, a member of the university wrestling team was arrested and charged with assault in connection with the beatings.