UHPD shares tips for making campus a safe space

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Juana Garcia / The Cougar

The HU Police Department has advised and implemented various security procedures to maintain HU in a safe environment.

“UHPD employs police and security personnel at all campuses, UH Central, UH Katy, UH Sugar Land and UH Victoria,” said Sgt. Dina Padovan. “The UHPD also uses other resources on campus, such as cameras and call booths.”

The emergency call boxes are located in various locations on campus. They are mounted on streetlights or freestanding towers and are labeled “Emergency”. Call booths can request assistance from police, security escorts and other services by placing a call directly to the UHPD dispatch center.

Padovan explains that the UHPD also hosts and participates in several programs throughout the university community, such as student orientation presentations and citizen response to the active shooter class to strengthen the partnership between the campus community and law enforcement.

During student orientation, UHPD offers safety presentations each semester. These presentations are designed to give new students an overview of the types of crime that can exist on campus, along with tips and strategies to avoid becoming a victim.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course, designed and built on the “Avoid, Refuse to Defend” strategy, provides strategies, advice and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

“Never leave your personal items unattended when you are in public. Leave it to someone you know,” Padovan said. “Be aware of your surroundings and report anything you think is unusual or suspicious.”

UH students should always try to maintain these safe practices while on campus, visiting another city or state.

Additionally, students can reduce their risk through preventative actions, such as locking their car and dorm doors, informing family and friends of any travel plans, observing suspicious activity, and avoiding them when they are alone.

“Contact UHPD if you don’t feel safe, download the UHGo app to contact us if needed,” Padovan said. “Store the UHPD phone number in your phone to call us directly (713-743-3333).”

The UHGo mobile app can assist students with a variety of tasks, such as requesting assistance in an emergency, navigating campus, staying up to date with alerts and news notifications, managing classes, and finding dining options.

Padovan advises students that if they see something, they should say something. “Feel free to report suspicious people or behavior to campus law enforcement,” Padovan said. “Collectively, we must be co-producers of security to keep our campus safe. »

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