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Community Education

The following are some of the crime prevention programs offered by Police at University Park.

If you're interested in scheduling one of our crime prevention programs please fill out the Community Education Program request form. If additional information is needed about these programs or if you would like a program that is not listed, please contact the Community Education Officer.  

Alcohol Awareness

A presentation is given on the effects of alcohol and the laws and consequences. Fatal Vision goggles are used as part of this demonstration.

Operation ID / Engraving

University Police provide engraving tools and instruction to persons interested in marking and identifying valuable items.

Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.)  

S.A.F.E. (Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is a two hour introductory self-defense program that provides participants with risk awareness, risk reduction, and personal safety information, in addition to a few very basic physical defense techniques. Prevention, options, strategies, and physical techniques are the key components of the S.A.F.E. Program. This program is offered free to students and employees.

Office Interviews on Any Topic

The office staff is available for an interview by persons seeking information for speeches, papers, or news articles. Appointments are preferred.  Students seeking statistics on specific topics for school projects or papers can research the information using the following open sourced information:

University Police and Public Safety records availability:  Pursuant to Federal and State law, University Police and Public Safety (UPPS) maintains a Daily log, which is open to public inspection, free of charge, during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) at the UPPS Records Office located at University Support Building 1.

In addition, you may view the last 60 days of logs at Publically available statistics can be found at the PA Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) website  or the U.S. Department of Education website UPPS UCR and Clery Act statistics as well as other safety information are also published in the University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which can be found at

Office Security/Safety

A presentation is given on office security, such as personal safety and theft prevention in the work place.


Participants may ride or walk with an officer on routine patrol for up to a two-hour period to gain firsthand knowledge of police procedures and operations.

Theft Prevention

Officers will present information on how to minimize the risk of becoming the victim of theft.

Sexual Assault Prevention

A prevention program that presents issues involving sexual assault and corresponding relevant statistics.

Identity Theft

Officers will present information and precautions to be taken to minimize the risk of becoming the victim of identity theft. Learn more about Identity Theft.

Penn State Active Attacker Response Program

Penn State University Police and Public Safety reminds students, employees, and visitors to familiarize themselves with the University’s official Active Attacker Response Program, as preparation for the possibility of encountering a potentially life-threatening situation anywhere. Based upon the Run, Hide, FightTM model developed by the City of Houston, Penn State’s Active Attacker Response offers the same three action steps if confronted with an active assailant, making it easy to remember and act upon in an emergency: run if you can, hide if you can’t, and fight as a last resort.

Guidance on how to respond to an active attacker situation for students and employees can be obtained through the Penn State Active Attacker Response Program, presented by University Police. The program provides information on the steps you can take to mitigate the actions of an active attacker.

Please note that the run, hide and fight action steps may not always occur in this order, so memorizing them all as possible options regardless of order is a key to quick response.

Beyond the program’s recommended run, hide, and fight actions, University Police is providing the following additional guidance to community members on what to do during each step in the process.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Make sure it is safe to leave the area you are in. Use your eyes and ears to determine if it is safe to run.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  •  Keep your hands visible.
  • Once in a safe place, call police and give detailed information about what is happening. Don’t assume someone else has already called the police.


  • If unable to run from the danger, your second option should be to hide.
  • Find a place that’s out of the attacker’s sight and remain quiet.
  • Do not huddle together, because it makes an easier target.
  • Lock and barricade doors with whatever is available, such as desks, chairs, or door wedges. Shut off lights.


  • Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger. (However, sometimes fighting will be the first and only option.)
  • Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a fire extinguisher, backpack, book or chair.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the attacker; commit to your actions; work with others to disable the assailant.

The Penn State Active Attacker Response Program is available online at  (Reference Policy SY41)  

Centre County Law Enforcement Camp Cadet 

2018 Camp Dates

Girls’ Week: July 28 to August 3, 2019

Boys’ Week: August 4 to August 10, 2019

What is Camp Cadet?

Camp Cadet provides a week-long experience for boys and girls ages 12 through 15. They are exposed to law enforcement activities and are given an opportunity to know police officers on a personal basis. All cadets will develop new friendships and share experiences that will last a lifetime. 

Camp Cadet provides an atmosphere of a police academy. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills, team work and building self-esteem and self confidence in the cadets. Camp Cadet is open to boys and girls ages 12 through 15, who reside in Centre County, or who attend any school in the county.

For more details about the program and to see a video visit the Camp Cadet website.  

Penn State University Police is a proud supporter of this program and our police officers attend as Camp Staff along with other area law enforcement agencies.