Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
It is the philosophy of the University of Maine that preventing crime is preferable to dealing with crime after it has occurred. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this philosophy is the UMaine Police Department’s crime prevention program. All UMaine police officers are certified campus crime prevention practitioners. Our crime prevention program concentrates on the dual concept of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The following is a listing of the crime prevention programs and projects in use at the University of Maine.
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- Residence Hall Security – Crime prevention, safety, and security programs are presented in each residence hall throughout the year. Resident Assistants initiate the programs by contacting UMaine PD. The officer assigned to the dormitory area that requests the program generally conducts the program. A week prior to the beginning of the fall semester, the area officer conducts safety and security briefings with the Residence Life staff. In addition to the lecture and question and answer aspect of the programs, several video tapes are used to supplement the “in-person” presentations.
- Emergency Telephones – All indoor and outdoor emergency telephones are linked directly to the UMaine Police Department to provide fast, efficient response via Enhanced 9-1-1.
- Printed Crime Prevention Materials – The UMaine Police Department currently has a Bicycle Safety brochure and a Who Will Keep You Safe at the University of Maine brochure. Many other printed materials are used on drugs and alcohol. These are obtained from both the national and state highway safety commissions. Many thousand copies of the listed material are circulated throughout the University of Maine each year.
- Electronic Alarm Systems – A sophisticated computer-based electronic monitoring system, located at the UMaine Police Department headquarters, monitors a comprehensive network of panic, environmental, intrusion, robbery, and fire alarms. The UMaine Police Department has increasingly had significant input into the design of new and renovated campus facilities as those designs relate to physical and electronic security systems.
- Security Survey – Comprehensive building security surveys are conducted by the a UMaine police officer upon request.
- Crime Prevention Publicity – Crime prevention articles and materials are routinely published in the student newspaper, employee newsletter, and broadcast on the University’s student radio station and Campus Living television channel.
- Rape Awareness, Education, and Prevention – In cooperation with the University’s Rape Awareness committee, numerous rape awareness, education, and prevention presentations are made each year to members of the campus community. An officer is currently assigned as a member of this committee and does presentations not only with the committee, but also on request of any organization. Sexual assault programs at the University of Maine are comprehensive, but not mandatory. Many sexual assault programs are sponsored throughout the academic year by various organizations on campus. The UMaine Police Department conducts rape awareness and personal safety programs throughout the year that include the law of the State of Maine on rape and unlawful sexual contact. The Peer Educators on Campus conduct programs on rape and sexual assault and what males and females should know about these crimes and that “No means No.” They focus on date rape and role playing as an important part of the programs. The campus Rape Awareness Committee conducts several programs on rape throughout the academic year and lectures and programs typically occur during orientation. All these programs are well advertised and available to any person or group of people upon request. As a member of our community you are encouraged to become an active member of these organizations. For further information contact UMaine PD at 581-4040.
- The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program – R.A.D. is a comprehensive self-defense program for women. This program is taught nationwide and in some Canadian provinces. The program was designed specifically for women, and focuses on the particular strengths and abilities of women. Students are provided with the knowledge and ability to survive a sexual assault through lecture, discussion, and the learning of physical techniques. This program is unique in many ways, including the fact that we believe no one decision is right for every woman. The UMaine Police Department is pleased to offer this program to the women of our community. The program is taught by UMaine PD employees who have been certified as instructors by the R.A.D. systems headquarters in Virginia. The program is 15 hours in length and taught in three-hour blocks. The class meets once a week for five weeks. The class is physical in nature and requires a commitment of both time and energy.
- Property Registration Program – A property registration program is available, on-line, to any student or employee. Registration programs are conducted by police officers throughout the year. The University of Maine provides a metallic decal to be affixed to a bicycle for easy identification. Anyone can register all of their valuable property, on-line, in a secure database that only they have access to by going to www.umaine.edu/police and clicking on the Property Registration link on the right side of the page.
- Key Tag Registration Program – Lost keys present a security hazard as well as a considerable expense in re-keying buildings. The UMaine Police Department has addressed this problem with a key tag registration program. Each person obtains a key tag with its own unique serial number, they can then go to UMPD’s website and self-register their key tag and personal information. Persons who find these keys are asked to turn them in to the UMaine Police Department. The department receives the keys, the serial number is matched with the owner’s name, and the keys are returned to the registered owner, with the owner’s identity is protected.
- Alcohol Awareness Program – The UMaine Police Department conducts several alcohol awareness programs throughout the school year. The programs are based on state law, the consequences of violating the laws, how the offices will respond to any violation, and how problems can be avoided by contacting UMaine PD for answers, prior to becoming involved with questionable alcohol-related activities. Because Maine law requires a mandatory forty-eight- hour jail sentence for persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, special emphasis is given to driver responsibilities. Agencies both on and off campus that provide substance abuse counseling are also discussed as resources to persons with alcohol or drug related problems. Additionally, participants in the class are briefed on the University’s drug and alcohol policy.