About

The Community Outreach unit of the police department is responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships between law enforcement and the students, faculty, and staff we serve. This team works to create a dialogue between police officers and hawkeyes, with the goal of improving public safety and reducing crime.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this unit include organizing community events and programs, providing education and outreach on crime prevention and safety, and working with community groups to address specific issues or concerns. This team also provides safety and security assessments for campus partners using Crime Prevention though Environmental Design (CPTED) principals.

Community Outreach is an important part of community-oriented policing, which emphasizes collaboration between police officers and community members in order to address public safety issues. By building trust and understanding, the Community Outreach team works hard to create a safer and more connected campus community.

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Alton Poole, Officer, Community Outreach Unit

Alton Poole

Title/Position
DEI and Community Outreach Specialist
Police Officer, UI Police Department
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Programming

We regularly provide programming for community events, student organizations, and youth programs. Contact us today if you'd like to collaborate on an event, or invite us to visit.

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Training

We offer many free and low-cost training programs to campus and the community, including self-defense, de-escalation, and active shooter response.

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Safety Assessments

Did you know the physical design of your building/space can help deter and prevent crime? Contact us to learn about the assessment process.

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Outreach & Crime Prevention News

Tips for a Safe Spring Break

Monday, February 26, 2024
Learn what you can do to stay safe weather you're staying in town, or traveling internationally.

Local Law Enforcement urges fans to be aware of ticket and merchandise scams

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
The University of Iowa Police Department is urging Hawkeye fans to be aware of common ticket and merchandise scams, and purchase items from official sources and licensed vendors. SeatGeek is the official marketplace of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Winter Weather Safety Reminders

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Now that winter weather has arrived, and colder temperatures are expected, it’s important to check the weather forecast before traveling and plan accordingly to stay safe.

Upcoming Events

Dine with Campus Safety

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Hillcrest Hall
Campus Safety is inviting students for a casual meal and conversation about safety. This is your chance to meet the university’s team of Campus Safety professionals, learn about free safety resources, provide feedback, and play an active role in safety initiatives on campus with a small group of fellow students.
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BMindful Holy Days: Ramadan (Islam)

Sunday, March 10, 7:08pm to Tuesday, April 9, 2024 7:41pm
University of Iowa Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
BMindful is an initiative that seeks to meet the needs of diverse communities by providing event and conference planners with the dates of holy days of major religious faiths for five years into the future. By providing these dates in advance, BMindful seeks to help planners avoid those dates when scheduling events. BMindful does not include all religious holy days. It focuses on three major holy days for each faith—days when faith members may choose not to go to work or send their children to...
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BMindful Holy Days: Nowruz/Naw-Ruz (Baháʼí) various ethnicities worldwide

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (all day)
University of Iowa Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
BMindful is an initiative that seeks to meet the needs of diverse communities by providing event and conference planners with the dates of holy days of major religious faiths for five years into the future. By providing these dates in advance, BMindful seeks to help planners avoid those dates when scheduling events. BMindful does not include all religious holy days. It focuses on three major holy days for each faith—days when faith members may choose not to go to work or send their children to...
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