Duke police hosting meet and greet events with students

October 12, 2010The Duke University Police Department will hold its first “Tips n’ Treats” series on East, West and Central campus beginning Oct. 18. During each gathering, police officers will be available to meet informally with students to discuss safety and various services and resources.

“This is a good opportunity for us to be available to the entire Duke community, especially for the students,” said John Dailey, chief of Duke Police. “We want to go where they are and hear concerns, answer questions and really understand any safety-related issues out there.”

Sessions will take place at these locations:
  • Oct. 18 at East Campus Marketplace, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 at Devil's Bistro on Central Campus, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 at the entrance to the Bryan Center from the Plaza on West Campus, 11 a.m.
Dailey said Duke faculty and staff are welcome to drop by but said he expects officers to deal with many student-related safety questions. Duke Dining Services partnered with the police department to provide sweet treats.

Creating Tips n’ Treats was important to foster a strong relationship between officers and the Duke community, Dailey said. “We want to listen to the community, so we can all help create a place where safety is a shared responsibility,” Dailey said.

Student leaders echoed Dailey, saying that these events go a long way toward establishing relationships based on respect and mutual understanding.

“Events like these are important because they allow students and police to learn from each other,” said Chris Brown, Duke Student Government’s vice president for athletics and campus affairs. “The more students know about the Duke Police and vice versa, the more effective our efforts will be toward campus safety.”