In addition to the daily informal face-to-face contacts they have while on patrol, HUPD officers perform more formalized community outreaches as well. Officers present safety and security information at community meetings, make presentations at student and new employee orientations, teach self-defense classes, register laptops and bicycles, and initiate informal contact with students, faculty, and staff while patrolling on foot, bicycles, and motorcycles, and while eating in the dining halls.
HUPD officers are approachable and committed to keeping the Harvard community safe and secure by providing students, faculty, and staff direction and steps they can take to maintain their own safety and the security of others and to familiarize them with the Department and the many services that it offers.
HUPD, in conjunction with the various Harvard Schools, offers approximately 200 crime prevention and security awareness educational programs each year. These programs address topics such as personal safety, alcohol and drug abuse awareness and the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. As part of these security awareness programs, students and employees are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.
A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students, faculty, and staff to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
Persons interested in having an officer to come out and conduct a safety talk and/or a bicycle/laptop registration, please email Lieutenant Amy DiVirgilio at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to arrange the registration and/or meeting.