September is Campus Safety Awareness Month

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The University of Arkansas Police Department is doing its part to provide resources and communication tools to help students in case of an emergency.

UAPD is offering training courses in general self defense and women’s self defense. 

Any student can schedule a training session, or women can sign up for a class called R.A.D., which stands for Rape Aggression and Defense class.

These sessions are put on every semester.

Students learn personal safety and awareness to get away from any dangerous situation.

“We get stories from girls, they come back a few years later and say we had to use it. While obviously we prefer they don’t have to use it, it’s nice to know they are confident in skills that we taught them, and could get out of that situation and we also just see their confidence build from day one to the end of the eight weeks. They are comfortable and can tell they can get out of a situation,” said Krista Mitchell, dispatcher and R.A.D. instructor.

The first half of the class is in the classroom to teach risk reduction and risk awareness.

The second half is in a workout room to learn the physical aspect.

In addition to those classes, students can request University Police to present alcohol awareness and drug safety programs at any time.

Additional resources include the RazALERT notification system for students, faculty, and staff. RazALERT messages are sent any time there is a threat to campus safety.

Another app UAPD encourages students to utilize is RAVE Guardian. Cpl. Allen Porter with UAPD Crime Prevention says it’s a free phone app that turns a cell phone into a personal safety device.

“Once you populate it, and you’re in an emergency situation and you hit the icon, all your information comes straight to UAPD to our dispatch center. They’ll know who you are, they’ll know where you are, they’ll know what kind of car you drive, or any kind of allergy conditions. It’s a quicker way and a quicker response for yo,u and it’s very user friendly,” Porter said.

The RAVE guardian app also lets you set a safety timer. If you’re facing a long walk at night and you activate the safety timer, and don’t arrive safely to deactivate the timer, a message will go to police and a personal network so they can find you and make sure you’re all right.

UAPD has a response time of less than two minutes on campus.

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