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FSU Police Department Receives 13th Consecutive Governor's Crime Prevention Award

For the 13th consecutive year, the Frostburg State University Police Department has received the Governor's Crime Prevention Awards for Categories A and D.

"As in the past, this year's awards recognized our broad-based crime prevention strategy, involving each of the department's 16 officers, " said Brian Shanley, FSU's Chief of Police. "Several participated in classroom or other educational outreach efforts, while others emphasized technical aspects of crime prevention. All gave of their creativity and caring."

To demonstrate eligibility for Category A, the department was required to document its participation in six specific areas:

· Programs identified by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute in the areas of personal protection, rape and sexual assault, youth crime prevention, drug abuse prevention, residential security and commercial security;

· Residential/commercial security surveys and referrals;

· In-service crime prevention training for officers;

· Crime prevention public information/media activities;

· Officer and citizen recognition for crime prevention activity; and

· Officer and citizen recognition and support of the National Crime Prevention "McGruff" Campaign.

Because of the predominantly younger age of the population the police serve, University Police substituted a program for the Elderly Crime Prevention Programs category entitled "Campus Counter-Terrorism" to perform a self-assessment of the University's preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack. Several activities were conducted as part of this effort, including response to and dissemination on the anthrax attacks, checks for suspicious activity on campus computers and participation in the University's new crisis response plan.

"Because of the perceived relationship between alcohol and college life, the Absolute Wooze substance abuse program was given special recognition," Shanley said, referring to the Category D award given for the program, which uses Fatal Vision goggles to simulate varying levels of visual impairment resulting from alcohol consumption, in an effort to decrease the number of drinking and driving incidents. Participants perform five progressively complex activities. The fifth includes a video based on a real-life incident and educational packets for each participant. The program has been presented annually since its inception in 1999, and its success led to its adoption as part of the University's freshman orientation program.

"The success of our crime prevention efforts would not have been possible without the cooperation of many other university units and individuals, notably the Residence Life and Lane Center staffs, the Facilities Department, WFWM and the Bottom Line, and Western Maryland Regional Safe Communities," Shanley said.

For more information, contact FSU's University Police at (301) 687-4205.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589