Personal Safety and Crime Prevention Programs

Welcome! You have arrived at the University of Florida Police Department’s web page listing the educational programs currently offered by the community services division. The development and provision of these programs is one that is constantly on-going. If you don’t see a topic you are interested in or have additional questions, please contact the Community Services Division for further information. You can reach the Community Services Division at (352) 392-1409, Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Alcohol and the Law
This program is an overview of alcohol laws, responsible use of alcohol and consequences of alcohol violations. Learn about the laws governing alcohol use, fake identification and other topics of interest.

Arson/Fire Alarms/False Alarms
This program provides the opportunity to learn the potential consequences of causing a false fire alarm. Find out what university and legal actions may occur.

Bicycle Rodeo
Children’s program designed to teach safe bike riding techniques, the value of predictability in traffic and the rules of the road.

Bicycle Registration
Bicycle registration includes affixing a reflective, numbered decal to a bicycle and recording the information about the owner and the bicycle for retrieval in the event the bicycle is stolen. Participation in bicycle registration is voluntary but may be a deterrent to bicycle theft.

Bomb Threats
Bomb threats can be very disturbing and should always be taken seriously. Considered in this program are the steps you should take if you receive a bomb threat and what the police department will do in response.

Crime Watch
A Crime Watch is a formal organization of concerned citizens who meet to educate themselves about crime, and fight crime as a community.

Date/Acquaintance Rape and Relationship Violence
Relationship violence is the most common type of violence on university campuses nationwide. During this program you will learn to identify relationship violence, discuss its sources, and discuss possible solutions to help resolve this difficult issue. You will also be provided a list of resources and assistance providers available both on campus and within the local community. Also discussed are safety tips, suggestions for prevention, and what to do if you or someone you know becomes a victim of this crime.

Emergency Telephones
A system of special telephones, located strategically at over 300 locations throughout campus that are available to provide enhanced safety for the community. Discussion of the use, location, and future of the system assists the community in more effectively using this important campus resource.

Emergency Vehicle Maintenance
This program provides instruction in preventive vehicle maintenance, emergency roadside repairs and “how to change a flat”.

Fake Identification
This program provides information on the consequences of possessing a fraudulent driver’s license or identification card.

Obscene/Harassing Phone calls
Obscene or harassing telephone calls can be very disturbing and should always be taken seriously. Considered in this program are the steps you should take if you receive an obscene or harassing telephone call and what the police department will do in response.

OP ID (Operation Identification)
Programs for OP ID are scheduled in residence halls, Villages, and offices on request basis. Personal property is engraved with the owner’s the driver license or social security number. Identifying information about the property is recorded and retained by the police department for use should the item be stolen.

Orientation Programs for new, transfer, or international students
The police department regularly provides information reviewing the safety and security measures the university has in place and how to use those services. Orientation programs are very useful to those new to the University of Florida.

Personal Safety
Designed to inform and educate on the vital issue of personal safety. Common sense, smart decision making, being aware of one’s surroundings and the buddy system are among the topics discussed to arm the community against personal violence. Sometimes referred to as Rape Prevention the information in this program is vitally important to the university community.

Property Security
Designed to inform and educate on the issue of property security. Topics include what an individual can do to secure property, mark property for identification and prevent property from being stolen.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
A self-defense course for women only. The class is taught in 3 sections over 3 consecutive days. The first section is classroom discussion with a lecture component. The second section discusses confrontation, options in various types of situations, and how and why to make a decision to resist or not. The third section continues with confrontational dynamics, principles of self-defense, and resistance when faced with weapons. Students will systematically learn stances, yelling, movement, blocking, and escape methods along with many other defense techniques.

Shoplifting
Learn what the laws concerning shoplifting are, the consequences of the crime and how a shoplifter can be spotted.

Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP)
SNAP provides free nightly campus escorts to students, faculty, staff, and visitors whenever classes are in session. Escorts can be requested through the SNAP app (UFL SNAP), online at www.snap.ufl.edu, or via telephone at 392- SNAP (7627).  SNAP provides an alternative to traveling alone. Programs are regularly presented about SNAP to encourage use and promote personal safety.

Stalking
This program defines stalking, explains what an individual can do to protect themselves and how the police will respond to a report of a suspected stalker.

Suspicious Persons
Frequently people in the community see individuals or situations that simply do not seem right to them. This program provides an overview of suspicious activity and encourages individuals to trust their instincts. If something seems out of place to you as a community member there may be something actually wrong and you should notify the police.

Travel Safety
All of us travel by car, bicycle, on foot and by many other methods. This program provides important safety tips no matter the mode of transportation used.

Traffic Stops
Learn about how traffic enforcement is conducted and what your rights and responsibilities are during these stops. You can also ask questions about legal issues of interest to you.

Weapons and firearms
Learn about the laws and university rules controlling firearms and other weapons. Find out whether a weapon is a good choice for you.

Workplace Violence
This program defines workplace violence and identifies the typical characteristics of past offenders. Individual participants will also learn what they can do to prevent this growing form of violence.