The UCPD. Giving Back to the Community.

Community Involvement

Coffee with a Cop


As part of a community initiative, the University of Connecticut Police Department hosts “Coffee with a Cop” several times a year at the Storrs and regional campuses.

The event, which has been occurring for five 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


The Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics  is annual event well attended and highly successful thanks to many volunteers and their family members.  Money raised through the sale of shirts and food, as well as donations, are 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

UCPD’s Officer Rhodes and K-9 Officer Harper receive the Bark Twain Award for Service Excellence on behalf of the Connecticut K-9 Olympics at the Bark Twain Bash, a benefit for Kenway’s Cause and the Mark Twain House.