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.”

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.

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.

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.

Crime prevention and safety tips for spring break

When traveling abroad or domestically, safety precautions and common sense can help you enjoy your trip to the max.

‘Run Hide Fight’ good to know whether you use it or not

Butler University in Indianapolis released a video this week describing the Run Hide Fight model for surviving an active shooter situation – it’s the same strategy IU Emergency Management and Continuity and IUPD promote to students and staff.

Police, first-responders to get heroin overdose antidote

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said this week that Indiana is in crisis mode concerning opioid/heroin addiction and overdose. With overdoses and deaths on the rise, he and health experts (many volunteers) across the state are working to put a fast-acting antidote into the hands of first responders like police, firefighters and correctional officers.