Students, Duke police to ‘meet and greet’ and talk safety

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Lt. Shannan Tiffin disusses safety tips and hands out a cookie and Duke Police highlighter to first-year students. Tiffin was among DUPD officers taking part in the first "Tips n' Treats" sessions in October.
February 07, 2011Following a round of gatherings with students in October, the Duke University Police Department will hold its second “Tips n’ Treats” series on the East, West and Central campuses beginning Feb. 15.

John Dailey, chief of Duke Police, said police officers will be available at the gatherings to meet informally with students to discuss safety and various services and resources. During the first “Tips n’ Treats” events in October, police distributed hundreds of wallet-sized emergency information cards and highlighters with Duke Police contact information, along with cookies and brownies.

“We were really pleased with the number of people we interacted with during the first round of events,” Dailey said. “We were able to have a number of in-depth conversations we wouldn’t have normally been able to have, which is important to understand any safety-related issues students may have.”

Student leaders applaud the effort to reach out, saying that the sessions are an important way for students to establish relationships based on respect and mutual understanding.

“At the past Tips n' Treats, I met the officers who patrol my own neighborhood,” said Duke Student Government President Mike Lefevre. “There is no better way to feel safe and comfortable in your community than by knowing your local officers by name.”

Sessions will take place at these locations:
  • Feb. 15 at East Campus Marketplace, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 16 at Devil's Bistro on Central Campus, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 at the entrance to the Bryan Center from the West Campus Plaza, 11 a.m.
Dailey said Duke faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to drop by. Duke Dining Services is partnering with the police department to provide sweet treats.

“It’s important that we create opportunities to listen to our community outside of our normal, daily interactions,” Dailey said. “We want to have these informal interactions to understand concerns, answer questions and foster relationships.”