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The UCPD. Giving Back to the Community.

Community Involvement

Coffee with a Cop


The University of Connecticut Police Department relaxed and talked to students over coffee at several campuses on Wednesday, October 3rd as part of the community initiative “Coffee with a Cop.”

The event, which has been occurring for four years at the university, was originally started as part of an international effort in Hawthorne, California and is designed to allow students and police officers to share an open dialogue in a comfortable setting.


Bright Future Logo Alcohol Safety and Awareness


The UConn Police Department strives to develop relationships and communication pathways with all members of the community. To that end, the Community Outreach Unit, through its Bright Future campaign, recently held an Alcohol Safety and Awareness event for members of the University’s ConnCAP program.

ConnCAP is an intensive, year-round academic program whose mission is to assist students from Hartford and Windham, grades 9-12, in the successful completion of high school and prepare them for post-secondary education.  The Community Outreach Unit has been working with ConnCAP to develop learning opportunities and create a dialogue between ConnCAP participants and police.


K-9 Olympics


This year’s Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics was held on July 29th on Shaker Road in Enfield.  The annual event was well attended and a great success thanks to the many volunteers and their family members.  As in years past, money raised through the sale of shirts and food, as well as donations, will be given to local charities.

Each year, the Connecticut Child Identification Program (CTCHIP) runs a booth at the K-9 Olympics. This program is a comprehensive child identification tool designed to give families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing children.


Bark Twain Bash

On June 9th, Officer Rhodes and K-9 Officer Harper attended the Bark Twain Bash, a benefit for Kenway’s Cause and the Mark Twain House, where they received the Bark Twain Award for Service Excellence on behalf of the Connecticut K-9 Olympics received the Bark Twain Award of Service Excellence.