Frostburg State University Police won the Maryland State Governor’s Crime Prevention award for its 19th time this year and for the 18th time consecutively. This award is presented to groups and individuals throughout Maryland who have “made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of crime prevention programming.”
“Crime prevention is central to the mission of the University Police. Most police work is vastly different from what is seen on television, and all the more so on campus,” said University Police Chief Brian Shanley. “We're here to protect the public, and to help educate it. Rather than the clicking of the handcuffs, crime prevention is the sound of one hand clapping. I'm honored to once again thank the men and women of the University Police for their efforts, which are too often unsung.”
FSU’s police department is being recognized for its impressive efforts to do its best to make sure every student in Frostburg is safe. The department strives to educate every student on personal safety, rape prevention, drug and alcohol education, theft prevention, residential and commercial activity as well as other topics specific to college populations.
FSU’s police department is considered unique in its approach to crime prevention. Instead of having an individual or division dedicated to preventing crime, every single officer is expected to educate the public – students, faculty and staff – by completing at least eight crime prevention activities each year. To ensure every student at FSU is safe, University Police takes a hands-on approach to crime prevention. Officers may be found in the classroom, heard on the airwaves, read on the Internet or seen in a demonstration.
“Our department is composed of highly qualified and motivated police officers,” Shanley said, “but they are 17 distinct individuals, with different personalities and interests. When the officers apply their life experiences and interests to crime prevention, they blossom and students listen.”
For more information about FSU, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu or call the office of admissions at (301) 687-4201.