The TUPD has worked with other university departments to develop a very active and comprehensive program with the objective of preventing crime to the fullest extent possible through awareness and participation of the university community. While the Towson University Police Department may offer advice and assistance regarding campus safety, all persons have certain responsibilities for their own safety.
The dedicated men and women of the TUPD are committed to the principles of community policing. As proof of this commitment to campus safety, the agency has received the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for Excellence for more than 30 consecutive years.
Towson University’s Police Department uses community policing and problem solving techniques in its day-to-day duties. The building assignment program assigns a TU police officer to each building on campus. The assigned officer is required to regularly interact with the building’s primary stakeholders and to organize the resources of the university to meet the policing and public safety needs of those who utilize the building. Officers must review all incident reports for their assigned building to remain aware of crime or quality of life issues, and security conditions or concerns. Officers must be aware of internal and external facility issues and may make suggestions for security enhancements to the building coordinator. Each officer is required to submit a monthly building report to the patrol commander detailing their contacts and observations. A building report is required for each all buildings every month. These reports are summarized in a monthly consolidated report that is subsequently distributed to all police sergeants and commanders.
The TUPD Community Outreach officer works closely with various campus departments to provide security and safety programs, presentations and workshops throughout the year. Numerous brochures and pamphlets relating to crime prevention and personal safety are made available. What follows are examples of our community outreach programs for crime prevention and safety education.
This advisory group is composed of faculty, staff, and students who meet periodically throughout the year with most meetings occurring during the fall and spring semesters. Representatives can present matters related to safety, security, and policing that may be of concern to the community. In turn, university police representatives, can explain what the agency is doing to assure safety on campus. Council members are expected to take this information back to their departments and residence halls and, when necessary, to communicate with the President’s Advisory Council.
Agency liaisons periodically meet with formal community organizations to exchange information and ideas related to policing, security, and other related community concerns.
Liaisons attend weekly meeting with student groups such as the Student Government Association to address police or security student concerns.
We present crime prevention information to a range of audiences, sharing tips adapted to each audience. These programs include, but are not limited to:
Crime Prevention information and safety tips to new incoming students and potential students.
Crime prevention information, safety information and information on American policing philosophies and operations is presented to new international and transfer students.
Resident Assistants for Housing and Residence Life (HRL) are trained in certain aspects of drug identification and recognition.
We present safety information at orientation for all new employees of Towson University.
The TUPD arranges for McGruff the Crime Dog to visit basketball and football games in order to distribute crime prevention literature to spectators and age appropriate literature, workbooks, and coloring books to young children in the audience.
Education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
Alcohol awareness programs include, but are not limited to:
In conjunction with the university’s Health Center, students and staff are given the opportunity to wear “Fatal Vision” goggles to simulate some effects of alcohol consumption.
This event increases public awareness that alcohol abuse and alcoholism (in which a person is dependent on alcohol) are recognized disorders which can be treated.
An event to raise awareness about the many public safety services available to the campus community, including educational booths from local businesses and organizations designed to teach basic safety techniques on a wide range of topics. Activities at each booth or area gave the community a chance to test their knowledge or ask questions about a given safety, health or wellness concern.
This nationally known and respected program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
Engravers are made available at most outreach events and may be loaned to community members. TUPD encourages the public to engrave valuables in an effort to prevent theft and assist in recovering stolen property.
Agency employees evaluate security related matters and make suggestions for improvements in physical security systems. This includes night walks to evaluate lighting and foliage, reviewing construction and renovation plans, and conducting related surveys of various academic, administrative, and support facilities on campus.
Printed notices are left in areas and offices that are discovered to be inappropriately unsecured or unlocked.
This campaign aims to increase safety awareness among pedestrians and motorists to not only help reduce the number of accidents but also prevent some of the many near-misses we see everyday. Learn more about pedestrian safety by watching the WalkSafe video.