Chief’s Corner: An introduction to a monthly update

Welcome to the University Police Department Chief’s Corner. This monthly column will provide you with UPD updates, information about upcoming events, crime prevention tips and answers to questions you may have.

As the Interim Chief of Police, I encourage you to stop by our office in Eugene Short Hall, Room 114, or feel free to stop and talk with our university police officers as you see them around campus. Your University Police Department currently consists of 13 full-time state of Alaska certified police officers, six certified communication officers and one fiscal officer.

Let’s get to know each other so that we can work together to make UAA a safe place for everyone. UPD is always here to serve the Seawolf community. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

A look back at 2018

I think the 2018 event most people will talk about is the Nov. 30 earthquake that struck Southcentral, affecting UAA students right before finals. Can we say stress? The university responded brilliantly, and five days later we were back in business. I am proud to say that UAA showed its resilience by how we worked together in a crisis; it is a credit to the institution.

The fall semester brought UPD out to the Student Union and the Gorsuch Commons for events sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and Residence Life. Events like these are important to help us meet the community we serve.

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UPD also offered Rape Aggression Defense classes last year, and with the newly formed partnership between UPD and Student Affairs, we will be able to offer more opportunities to enroll in this class. You can find information about RAD courses on UPD’s homepage at uaa.alaska.edu/upd. Follow our Facebook page for further details on upcoming community events and class offerings.

 

Safety tips   

As we start the new semester, remember to download the UAA Safe App, from the App Store or Google Play. The app gives you access to features such as virtual safe walk, as well as links to many campus resources offered such as Student Health and Counseling, the Care Team, Dean of Students and Title IX.

The first couple of weeks of the semester are often hectic. Remember to keep your belongings with you. Don’t leave personal items lying around unattended.

It may say spring semester, but we have several more months of snow and cold ahead, so drive with care, and don’t start your cars and leave them unattended with the keys in the ignition.  

 

Send any questions or comments to [email protected]

Welcome back, and we will see you around campus!

Interim Chief Beckner