BALTIMORE (October 18, 2007)—The Towson University Police Department is being honored with the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for the 23rd consecutive year.
The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute sponsors the award, which is given to law enforcement agencies, community groups, individuals and programs that demonstrate outstanding proactive crime prevention. A total of 56 awards were presented this year, with Towson receiving three.
Towson was one of 16 state law enforcement agencies to receive the departmental award for crime prevention. The TUPD has received the award more often than any other college or university in the state.
“It says a lot about our department and our commitment to being proactive,” said TUPD Detective George Morgan. “Though we’re not a large police department, we are outgoing and we reach out to the campus before things happen.”
The TUPD was also recognized for its efforts with Operation Keepsafe and the campus safety video. The department uses these programs to communicate crime prevention and emergency preparedness information to student groups and university departments. In 2007 the TUPD conducted 83 crime prevention presentations with more than 17,000 attendees.
“It allows us to present to different groups when convenient for them,” Morgan said.
To be considered for the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award, police departments submit nomination forms to the Community Crime Prevention Institute. A committee comprised of law enforcement individuals and civilians reviews the submissions and selects the winning entries.
Information on the department, Operation Keepsafe, and the campus safety video can be found on the web at www.towson.edu/police.
For additional information please contact Detective Cpl. George Morgan, Jr. at 410-704-3402.