Thursday, August 18, 2022

University Police Teach Skills, Classes, Help Students Improve Security

Courtesy of UPD
University Police Department helps students, faculty stay safe. Courtesy of UPD

The University Police Department do more than patrolling and investigating malicious mischief at the University of Mississippi: the department has safety and crime prevention training programs available to university students, faculty and staff.
There are 10 programs:
Active Shooter Response: a personal safety program taught to all faculty, staff and students. It outlines nationally recognized methods for responding to an armed intruder on campus. This program is led by UPD Active Shooter Certified Instructors. University of Mississippi News has the video available here.
Active Shooter Risk Assessment: a crime prevention program taught to faculty and staff for them to identify and utilize physical and procedural methods to limit the opportunities for a violent intruder to enter the work environment.
Mock Stop: an alcohol and drug awareness program taught to incoming freshmen and high school juniors and seniors. Its purpose is to persuade the attendants to make responsible decisions. It incorporates VT Touch Driving Simulator and Beer Goggles into a demonstration of the alcoholic effects on one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. This program is taught in partnership with Health Promotions in order to accomplish an Alcohol Edu review.
.400: an alcohol and drug awareness program. It is an activity that involves participants using beer goggles and nerf guns in a duel. It is to demonstrate the alcoholic effects on balance, focus and motor skills along with coordinated movements.
Campus Safety: general safety tips for living on campus. This program educates the on-campus residents to utilize UPD’s Rebel Patrol Escort for walking across campus at nights. There are also light blue phone stations located around the campus that will go straight to the UPD or they can be called at 662-915-7234.
Risk Management for House Parties: a program taught to residential Greek organization leaders to ensure they have effective planning and safe practices to reduce harm and accidents.
Social Event Safety: a three-topic program covering alcohol and drug awareness, personal safety and violence prevention. Its purpose is to outline general safety tips for attending social events, outline the UM Alcohol Policy and UM Sexual Misconduct Policy, and to teach the students to recognize and respond to alcohol and drug abuse that puts them at risk.
Spring Break Safety: it addresses both alcohol and drug abuse and personal safety. This is available to students prior to Spring Break and its purpose is to remind students of general safety tips while traveling.
Boy Scout Crime Prevention Merit Badge: a crime prevention program taught to Boy Scout Troops in Oxford. The scouts are able to earn their Crime Prevention Merit Badge through this training.
Jeffrey Kellum is the crime prevention coordinator at University of Mississippi. He is responsible for arranging and hosting these UPD training programs.
Kellum said, “The UPD work closely with other departments. There is the department of conflict resolution and student conduct, office of violence prevention and the office of equal opportunity and regulatory committee. They all assist or teach these training programs.”
Kellum also added these training programs are available through the EDHE class selection roster and through the Residential Assistants at dorms on-campus. The UPD can be reached here and they are located at Kinard Hall — Wing C on floors two and three.
– Callie Daniels, staff writer, HottyToddy.com, callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com

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