Community policing is not a new idea in university policing. University Police at Alfred State College have numerous well-established community policing programs which allow officers and students to build positive relationships and enhance their learning experiences.
Officers routinely visit academic buildings and residence halls in an effort to increase public safety and allow for more informal student interaction with officers. Students are encouraged to use these officers as sources for information in many areas including safety, parking, campus rules and procedures. We have an active bicycle patrol that offers a quick response to student concerns while also providing a more approachable presence on campus.
Programming is available to campus organizations and residence hall staff for presentation to students in groups of any size. Fatal Vision, or as it is more commonly known, the Beer Goggles, has been a favorite of students and staff for several years. This program utilizes goggles which simulate the effects of intoxication allowing the wearer to see and feel the effects of alcohol on their motor skills. Crime prevention is also addressed in our safety and security programs. These programs provide students with knowledge, which is aimed at stopping them from becoming victims of crime.
University Police officers also instruct a Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) self-defense class designed for women, which offers hands on training in simple to use defense techniques. This class is offered during the regular academic year and provides participants with instruction in sexual assault prevention, legal considerations, as well as physical techniques. The information and skills taught help students to make sound decisions regarding their personal safety.
University Police also participate in Week of Welcome: Meet your UPD, Orientation, Pizza with the Police, DWI Awareness, Operation Lock Out, volunteer at Camp Good Days, perform Child Seat Safety Checks, Coffee with a Cop, Run Walk for a Cure/Civic Engagement, Ice Cream Socials, Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Event, No Shave November, ACCORD Community Action Angels, Shop with a Cop, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, and Local Food Distribution to name a few.
We encourage students to participate in the existing programming and welcome the opportunity to add programming. Members of the college community are invited to suggest additional areas where programming would be beneficial by contacting Chief Scott Richardson by phone at 607-587-3999 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.