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Crime Prevention Programs
The Florida Atlantic University Police Departments principle is that we would much rather prevent crimes from occurring than react to them after the fact. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the University's comprehensive crime prevention program. The Crime Prevention Programs are based upon the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
Sergeant Mary Douglas is our Crime Prevention Program contact and part of her job duties are to present various topics to educate the public. She is available anytime to talk to your group or organization. Topics that can be presented include (but are not limited to) Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, Theft Prevention, General Duties of the Police, Personal Safety and Date /Domestic Violence.
If you or your group is interested in having the University Police talk to you please contact Sgt. Mary Douglas or Lt. Torsan Cowart, Office (561) 297-3464 or Dispatch (561) 297-3500 to set up an appointment.If possible please allow a one week advance notice to schedule your date and time!
Crime Prevention Programs
Below are commonly presented programs, however, FAUPD can modify or create a specific program to fit your needs. Click on the titles below for descriptions.
Alcohol use is prevalent on many college and university settings. High-risk behaviors associated with alcohol abuse and misuse impact all community members. This program addresses the dangers associated with excessive drinking and brings awareness to hazards of driving while impaired.
One of the most frightening situations that can occur on a college campus is dealing with an active shooter. An active shooter is a person who is actively threatening lives or prepared to threaten lives in a populated area. This program focuses on how to deal with a potential active shooter situation. The course gives information on past occurrences, warning signs, and what to do if a shooting occurs in your immediate area.Click here for more information on Active Shooter Procedures.
Every fifteen seconds, a woman is battered in the United States by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner. This course focuses on the warning signs of domestic violence, relevant Florida statistics, and available area resources.
Theft of unsecured property is one of the biggest crimes seen on college campuses. Operation ID is a theft prevention program offered free of charge by the FAUPD. This program involves keeping records of your personal properties serial number and a detailed description of the item, as well as applying a theft-deterrent sticker and or engraving your item with a unique, definable characteristic. Taking action in this way can help aid the recovery and return of lost or stolen items.
No one is immune to crime; however, there is a way to greatly reduce your risk through proactive actions. The foundation of this course focuses on risk reduction and risk awareness. This general seminar covers many safety topics, including sexual assault and rape prevention. Depending on the group composition, some practical self-defense moves may be incorporated.
One in five women report being forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. This class offers information on rape awareness and prevention, and provides students with information regarding counseling availability. Discussions of awareness and avoidance are covered as well.
Fun, laid back group settings are a great time to meet new people and enjoy some of the independence that comes with college life; however, there are some dangers associated with large gatherings of people you may not know. This program addresses many of these potential dangers about college parties and gives participant safety tips for enjoying social settings in a college atmosphere.
Spring Breakers tend to flock to popular destinations. Unfortunately, these areas become target-rich environments for criminals. This program is aimed at prevention by highlighting awareness to the potential dangers of spring break travel. The course will cover travel and personal safety, situational awareness, and will touch on alcohol and drug awareness.
Along with the legal ramifications, abuse of illegal drugs can cause serious health dangers. This program discusses the dangers of drug abuse, as well as the abuse of prescription medication. The course also highlights the misconceptions students may have concerning drug use.
The community interacts with police officers every day. Sometimes, through miscommunication, these interactions can have a negative community impact. This program will explain police officers roles in many common situations (traffic stops, DUI stops, crime reports, etc.) and how to minimize potential negativity through effective communication. This program welcomes questions from the audience, as audience interactions are an essential part of the program.
Nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence in the last year. This session covers information regarding the escalating problems of violence in the workplace, and characteristics of potentially violent individuals. Prevention and avoidance strategies will also be addressed.
If you would like to take a 1 1/2 hour lecture on self- defense, personal, property and residential safety, please contact Sgt. Mary Douglas or Lt. Torsan Cowart, Office (561) 297-3464 or Dispatch (561) 297-3500 with your request. When the class fills up, you will receive an email back with dates, times and locations. Topics included will be all types of weapons, situational awareness, crime prevention, and answers to questions pertaining to the above.