Frostburg State University’s Police Department has won the Maryland State Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for the 17th time since 1990. FSU Police won the award under Category A, which includes efforts on all fronts of crime prevention. The purpose of the award, stated by the application, is “to recognize those departments who have incorporated an overall outstanding crime prevention program as an integral part of their daily operations.”
"Crime prevention is always well received in an educational setting. We try to get our students and employees to think about the ways in which they might be victimized and to give them the information that they need to take action to prevent that from happening,” said Brian Shanley, FSU’s Chief of Police. “We keep our programs fresh because there is always something new in the world of victimization, and because our student body and their needs are always changing. For this and other reasons, we have one of the safest campuses in the country."
In order to win the award, University Police implemented personal, residential and commercial security programs, as well as provided crime prevention training and public information/media activities and officer recognition for crime prevention. The University Police have also supported the National Crime Prevention “McGruff” campaign by displaying the character on posters throughout campus and in the residence halls.
The many different personal security programs from University Police include presentations regarding safety on campus. Other presentations included informing the public about rape and sexual assault, campus-community involvement, youth crime prevention and drug abuse prevention.
University Police also offered training presentations for university employees and used e-mail and a weekly column in the FSU student newspaper as means to inform the campus community about crime prevention.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.