The Community Services section of the KU Office of Public Safety encompasses a vast array of duties and plays a vital role in assisting the Office of Public Safety in fulfilling its mission within the University community. Those activities can be divided in to four areas:
It is the philosophy of the KU Office of Public Safety that everyone should be involved in making their community safer. The community services sergeant and officer work to ensure that all members of the community have the knowledge and awareness to minimize their chances of being a victim of crime.
The Community Services section speaks to incoming freshmen and transfer students during orientation fairs hosted by the Office of First Year Experience. Community Services teams up with staff from Watkins Health Center and Student Life to present a program on campus safety and health issues. International students receive an additional presentation to provide them with guidance and direction to assist them in their transition from their home country to life in the United States of America.
The Community Services section presents programs throughout the year in residence halls, Greek houses, and to classes in the Lawrence and KU communities.
The Community Services section participates in a variety of programs, including:
- The Office of First Year Experience Information Fairs
- Alcohol Awareness Week
- Safe Spring Break
- Hawks, Cops and Kids
- Personal Safety Programs
- Lawrence Bike Rodeo
- Fake ID Presentations
- KU Department of Student Housing Training
If you would like to request a program for your office please contact us by phone at 785-864-5910 or 785-864-5911. You may also reach us via email; Sgt. Robert Blevins firstname.lastname@example.org or Officer Kendall Freeman email@example.com. If you are hosting your own program but would like materials, please see the left sidebar for pamphlets and other educational information that we provide.
The Community Services section is responsible for the continuing education of veteran officers and the training of new officers. All police officers within the KU Office of Public Safety must attend a state-certified law enforcement academy and an in-house training program before being assigned to patrol activities.
Every law enforcement officer in the state of Kansas is also required to attend 40 hours of continuing education to maintain his/her certification. This includes mandatory training in topics such as firearms qualification, domestic violence, and first aid. Additionally officers attend numerous training classes that are set up by the Community Services section throughout the year.As each officer acquires training, those hours are submitted to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to be recorded in the officer's training file.
The University Daily Kansan, Lawrence Journal World, KLZR, KLWN, Cable Channel 6, and KUJH routinely contact the department for information regarding incidents that occur on campus.
The Community Support section produces and distributes crime alerts as required by the Clery Act. Crime alerts notify the community of an incident and request additional information and assistance from the public. Anyone with information regarding a crime is asked to call the KU Office of Public Safety or Crime Stoppers at 785-864-8888. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and a cash award is possible if information results in the apprehension of a suspect.
The KU Office of Public Safety offers weapon storage for campus residents. For more information, see the Civilian Weapons Storage Policy.