Safety Message from the Director
As we begin a new semester, I want to extend a warm welcome to our new students and to welcome our returning students back to campus. With the first day of classes under your belts, and many special events and activities ahead I’d like to take this time to remind you that University Police Services is focused on preserving an environment where you can study, live, and work safely.
University Police Services is a full service police department with full police powers serving the College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Nevada State College, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas properties. Our department subscribes to the community policing philosophy, which guides our efforts in our interactions with our campus communities. Our dedicated officers patrol on foot, bicycle, and in patrol vehicles. Our proactive anti-crime, safety awareness, self-defense, and escort programs are available to all members of the campus community. We also provide specialized presentations on request.
I want to encourage all our students and staff to practice “See Something, Say Something” on our campuses and report suspicious activity. There are many ways you can take the initiative regarding your safety. Having an officer nearby to help is best, but remember the following tips while you’re on and off campus:
- Look confident, keep your head up and walk with a confident stride.
- Make eye contact with people you encounter. This shows self-confidence and may deter a potential attack.
- Be aware and alert to your surroundings. Don’t talk on your cellphone or listen to music when you are in an unfamiliar area. This can be a distraction and can make you vulnerable for an attack.
- If you do jog alone, stay in public areas that are well lit and populated.
- Keep your hands free. Limit the number of items you’re carrying or use a backpack or bag to ensure that your hands are free to defend, if needed.
- Regularly change your routine.
- Develop a survival mind set. While you’re in a safe place visualize a dangerous situation and what you would do if confronted with it. This may be unpleasant, however, it is a good idea to prepare yourself if you were ever attacked, so you don’t freeze with fear if something ever was to happen.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t worry about hurting the person’s feelings, just leave.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and do what you need to do to be safe.
University Police Services stands ready to service the needs of our campus communities. Get involved, attend campus events, follow us on social media @UPDSouth, and interact with our officers. If you need assistance, please contact us. And please don’t hesitate to let us know how we are doing.