Safety Message from Police Services

Aug. 24, 2020

 

Welcome!

As we begin this rather unique semester, I want to welcome our new students, staff, and faculty and welcome our returning community members to campus and virtual classrooms. With the first day of classes now underway, and many challenges and opportunities 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 (UPD) serves 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. You will see your officers patrolling 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 and we also provide specialized presentations on request. UPD has continued to provide police services to our campuses during this pandemic while practicing social distancing guidelines and is available for virtual presentations, orientations, and events as well.

I encourage all you to practice “See Something, Say Something” by reporting suspicious activity – including cyberbullying. 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.  
  • Download the CSN MobileSAFETY App, UNLV RebelSAFE App, or NSC StateSAFE App!
  • And in this day of the pandemic, wear a face covering at all times when interacting with others, even for short periods of time; wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer when washing is impractical, and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Lastly, do not come to campus if you are sick!

University Police Services stands ready to service the needs of our campus communities during these unique times. Follow us on social media @UPDSouth. If you need assistance, please contact us.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

 

Adam Garcia
Vice President & Director
University Police Services, Southern Command
O: 702.895.2634