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UH-Clear Lake police have tips on campus safety

March 7, 2018 GMT

The mission of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department is to provide exceptional law enforcement service and effectively respond to critical and emergency situations, while proactively safeguarding the lives and liberties of the community.

“I don’t think that students should feel nervous about going to school. The key is that everyone needs to remain vigilant everywhere they go, remain aware of their surroundings, have an exit plan or worst case scenario, a defensive plan,” said Allen Hill, University of Houston-Clear Lake chief of police.

The department takes all calls seriously and will investigate to make sure that the campus and the community is safe.

“If you see something that looks suspicious or out of place, call the UHCL PD no matter how silly it may seem,” Hill said.

In the wake of recent incidents of violence on school grounds, the university offers tips for campus safety.

These include:

Add the UHCL PD’s phone number to your speed dial list.

Walk in groups, especially at night.

If you see something, say something.

Be aware of your surroundings and suspicious people.

Know where emergency exits are located.

Don’t accept rides from strangers.

Observe the area for suspicious people before getting into your car.

Let people know where you are going.

Since 2012, the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department, located at 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

On Feb. 5 assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators visited the campus to evaluate the police department’s procedures, polices, management, operation and support services as part of the process for accreditation, a coveted recognition among campus public safety professionals.

This new accreditation that certifies that the police department is doing its best to keep the university and community safe.

“The UHCL PD follows the best practices in the industry set forth by CALEA through policies and procedures. The PD decided to switch accrediting bodies to better fit the needs of university policing. IACLEA focuses on the needs of college and university police departments, ensuring that the best practices and policies are in place for campus law enforcement,” said Hill.

The police department has a plan regarding active shooters and all officers are trained in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training. The department also conducts ongoing refresher training.

For more information, call 281-283-2222, email www.uhcl.edu/police or go to www.facebook.com/UHCLPD