Frostburg State University’s Campus Police Department has won the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for the 14th straight year. Frostburg’s campus police earned the award for category A, which covers overall crime prevention efforts.
“Crime prevention is always near the top of our agenda, and that explains our repeated success. We don’t have a single crime prevention officer, nor do we limit our efforts to a crime prevention week or month. It’s everyone’s responsibility, all the time,” says Campus Police Chief Brian Shanley.
To win the award for category A, the Police Department has implemented personal, residential and commercial security programs, as well as provided crime prevention training and public information/media activities, officer recognition for crime prevention and support for the national McGruff campaign.
The personal security program involves presentations that raise awareness about personal protection, rape and sexual assault, youth crime prevention and drug abuse prevention. Elderly crime prevention is usually a required program, but since the campus population is predominantly ages 17 to 21, FSU’s police department substitutes a “Coming to America” program for international students. This substitute program helps familiarize foreign students with American laws, currency and campus security procedures.
The residential security program involves nine students who work with campus police as “night assistants” and presentations to students about security issues such as theft and locking doors.
The commercial security program involves presentations to university employees about loading dock security, asset protection, construction site security, emergency alarms and personal safety in the workplace. The university also improved the “blue light” emergency telephones located throughout the FSU campus so that they are more visible during both day and night. This program also includes a quarterly security survey for all of the campus buildings.
The university’s 16 police officers took part in the crime prevention campaign. “Several participated in classroom or other educational outreach efforts, while others emphasized technical aspects of crime prevention. All gave of their creativity and caring,” Shanley said.
For more information, contact FSU Police at (301) 687-4205.