Community Out-Reach Endeavors
In 2012, officers within the University Police Department created an officer led initiative to "bridge the gap" between the police department and the communities they serve. Within CORE, we focus on the "why" to be able achieve any "how." Each member of this group brings a welcomed skill set to the table, but we strive to connect with our communities through positive interaction and communication. There truly is no limit to the amount of involvement CORE is willing to pursue within the university environment. Since its creation, CORE has developed several fun and interactive programs that occur annually.
Of these, Kats Safety Bash which is held annually in the Fall semester, has helped the university police department connect with a large portion of our community. This event provides participants the opportunity to engage with their local public safety professionals in a casual, informative, and interactive environment. Participants have the opportunity to see various public safety helicopters, a mock-dorm room burn simulation, a vehicle extrication with the JAWS of Life, and meet with various law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies within Walker and Montgomery counties.
Additionally, CORE is responsible for presenting numerous crime prevention topics to student, staff, and faculty members throughout the school year. CORE consistently participates in Relay for Life events, parades, new student orientations, and other events to continue the positive interaction with the communities they serve. It is the hope of CORE that with continued connection and communication we can improve the trust and relationship with the university police department.