Cooking with cops

An initiative at IU Southeast to reduce false fire alarms in campus residences develops a “tasty” rapport between students and IUPD.

A letter to the IU Bloomington community from your police division

Andy Stephenson, captain of operations for IUPD-Bloomington, writes a letter to the campus community to discuss concerns shared with him. He writes: “We have all witnessed controversial and, in some cases, unlawful police conduct in media reports. Likewise, some of you have, undoubtedly, had a personal experience that may have contributed to the forming of a negative viewpoint of, not only a particular police officer, but of all police officers. The men and women of the Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) share your concern. We acknowledge and recognize your fear.”

New student group, IU Public Safety Partners, meeting at IU Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington students interested in social justice, safety communication, or careers in fields of law enforcement, emergency & safety management or public health should stop by the call-out meeting Tuesday for IU Public Safety Partners, held at 6:30 p.m. at the IMU in State Room East.

Demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, IUPD: Rules of engagement

College campuses and demonstrations go together like peanut butter and jelly. The goal of the Indiana University Police Department is to keep demonstrators and counter-demonstrators safe and to keep disruptions to university business (classes, for example) to a minimum.

Distractions and haste can make pedestrian crossings perilous

Safe Campus 101: When you’re crossing streets and driving through campus, it’s not the time to zone out on devices or to music.

IUPD leaders discuss Black Lives Matter, training, community relations and more

“Black lives do matter,” IUPD-Bloomington Chief Laury Flint wrote recently. “IUPD officers have taken an oath to protect and serve, and we take that oath seriously.” Read this and other comments and observations by Indiana University Police Department leaders.

IUPD-Bloomington using social media to connect with students, staff and visitors

Check out IUPD-Bloomington on Facebook. Campus police have begun using social media as they continue working to become more accessible to students and staff.

The problem with pepper spray

It’s not uncommon for concerned parents to ask police officers for advice about arming soon-to-be new IU students with pepper spray. IUPD-Bloomington Chief Laury Flint, to my surprise, told me that pepper spray can cause more problems than protection.

Over at the IU Police Academy …

Cadets in the IU Police Academy spends six weeks learning in-depth information pertaining to criminal law from some of Monroe County’s current prosecutors. The criminal law course is divided among classroom instruction, prior and recent examples of case law, hands-on scenarios, and regularly administered quizzes.

42 IU students embark on important step toward law enforcement careers

The 2016 IU Police Academy kicked off on Monday by breaking records. This will be the first year that each of the eight Indiana University campuses has student representatives. It is the largest academy class with a whopping 42 cadets, and contains the largest number of women — 11 — a figure that grows each year as women continue to establish a presence in law enforcement.