Posted Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 1:33 PM
The UCF Police Department operates 24/7 as part of their commitment to keep the UCF community safe. According to the UCFPD website, their mission is “to reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.”
In honor of National Police Week from Sunday, May 15th to Saturday, May 21st, here are five resources offered by the UCF Police Department that students and parents might not know about.
This is a free course focused on topics of mindset, preparation and safety awareness while also utilizing defensive tactics instructors certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to demonstrate basic physical defense techniques. UCFPD offers the Mighty Knights classes to all students, staff, and faculty within the UCF community. Registration is required to sign up, and more info can be found here.
Students are encouraged to register their personal property, such as computers, bikes, skateboards, cameras, and other valuable items, online with the UCF Police Department. Theft is the number one crime affecting college students across America, and the odds of recovering stolen items diminish if law enforcement doesn’t have the information needed to help students. Using the online property registration program creates a record of your property and its serial number, which gives UCFPD a better chance of returning stolen items. Students can register their property here.
UCFPD opened a Community Outreach Center in the Student Union in 2019 to keep the Union safe and allow the UCF community to meet and engage with officers. This space is regularly used for walk-in questions and for group training with officers about community engagement and partnerships.
The UCF Alert system provides timely and accurate information (text messages, emails, etc.) about emergency situations that could impact the university. These methods are generally used only for events that present an imminent danger to the campus community or that significantly impact university operations. All UCF students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled into the UCF Alert system, but UCFPD strongly encourages individuals to frequently ensure that their contact information is up-to-date.
To update your UCF Alert system contact information:
UCFPD’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign raises public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and emphasizes the importance of reporting any and all suspicious activity to the proper authorities. All members of the UCF community should immediately report suspicious behavior to UCFPD by calling their non-emergency line at 407-823-5555. Always dial 911 in an emergency.
The UCF Police Department is here to serve and protect the UCF Community as well as several university affiliated housing communities near the campus. To learn more about the UCF Police Department, visit their website here.