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Education and Crime Prevention Programs


Every member of the UConn Police Department is committed to a strong educational experience for our community. The Community Outreach Unit brings that commitment to the next level with topical, interesting, and professionally developed educational programming. Members of our Community Outreach Unit and S.T.A.R.T. officers are selected in part for their ability to develop programming, desire to teach and train in both academic and experiential education settings, and a strong commitment to building a safer community through education. We offer a variety of programs and can tailor our educational endeavors to meet your needs. The Community Outreach and S.T.A.R.T. officers are present at the Storrs and all regional campuses upon request.


Program Offerings


Please take a look through our catalogue of offerings and complete a Programming Request Form.

Citizen’s Police Academy

Citizen’s Police Academy


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The UConn Police Department sponsors an annual Citizen’s Police Academy during the fall academic semester. The academy is held for approximately eleven weeks. The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between the police department and the community through education.

UConn students, staff, faculty and Town of Mansfield residents are eligible to apply. The academy is open to a limited number of people who will be selected after a background screening is conducted, which may include a criminal history check, personal reference check and interview.

The courses are designed to move quickly and be informative as well as interesting. Several courses will consist of practical, hands-on training. A ride-a-long with a UConn Police Officer while on duty will be available during the program. Some of the topics to be discussed include motor vehicle law, DUI law, narcotics, patrol procedures, K-9 demonstration, crime scene forensics, critical incident management, use of force and firearms safety.

For more information, please contact Lieutenant Justin Gilbert at 860-486-2347 or by email at justin.gilbert@uconn.edu.

This program is a general overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, how to call 911, emergency alerts, general personal safety on campus, other topics, and an open Q&A with officers.

This class is offered as a ½ or 1 hour program.

As part of the University’s First Year Experience program, the Police Department offers one hour programs including an overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, how to call 911, emergency alerts, general personal safety on campus, identifying suspicious activity, a tour of the police facility, and an open Q&A with officers. This program is hosted at the Police Department.

Class time is 1 hour.

For more information on the FYE program at UConn visit the FYE website.

This program is a general overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, how to call 911, emergency alerts, general personal safety on campus, and other topics.

Class time is ½ hour.

This program is a specialized overview of police services and safety tailored for international students and scholars. It includes a general overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, how to call 911, emergency alerts, general personal safety on campus, driving in Connecticut, and legal topics. We also understand that policing is different all over the world so we discuss interacting with the police in the United States.

Class time is ½ to 1 hour.

This program takes an in-depth look at the different kinds of workplace violence, identifying behaviors of concern, setting an action point, reporting options, and rules for personal safety. Based upon ‘Flashpoint: Recognizing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace’ by the Center for Personal Protection & Safety, this class features a video.

Class time is 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.

This program provides an overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, how to call 911, cash handling & transportation safety, identifying suspicious behavior, rules for personal and workplace safety, and specific instructions for handling emergency situations.

Class time is 1 hour.

This program provides an overview of the UConn Police Department and its services, recognizing alcohol poisoning, identifying substance abuse as a community problem, Connecticut laws, the dangers of driving under the influence, a sobriety goggle experience, the prevalence and dangers of illicit drug and legal drug abuse in society, the risks and penalties of drug abuse, predatory drugs, and prevention and abuse resources in our community.

Class time is 1.5 to 2 hours.

This program focuses on the phenomena of active threats in our society with a focus on mass shootings and response. The program strives to explain and embed a survival mindset in participants. It includes emergency notification on campus, definitions of threats, behaviors of concern, building a survival mindset, preparation and rehearsal techniques, options for responding, understanding police response to active threat scenarios, and prevention techniques. Based upon ‘Shots Fired On Campus- When Lightning Strikes’ by the Center for Personal Protection & Safety, this class features a video.

Class time is 1 to 2 hours.

The Community Outreach Unit can work with you and your group to create custom programming. From combining our existing courses to simply hosting an opportunity to engage officers in an open dialogue, we are committed to working with you to educate and participate. If you are interested in custom programming, complete the Programming Request Form and include as much detail about the program you wish to host. Our officers will reach out to you and build an experience for your group.


Programming Request Form


If you are interested in hosting an educational experience with the UConn Police Department, please complete the form below. Be sure to complete all areas so we can better meet your programming needs. The UCPD Community Outreach Unit reserves the right to fulfill requests on a first-come/ first-served basis for 10 or more participants. Program availability is subject to availability of police personnel. Please allow at least 4 weeks prior to the desired presentation date as our calendar fills up quickly.

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