Meet our Community Outreach Officer
Alton Poole is the officer who is assigned to the Community Outreach Unit for the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety. Poole started his career in Law Enforcement in 1991 with the Iowa State University Police before joining UIDPS in 1999. Over the course of his career, he has been certified as a defensive tactics instructor, forensics investigation, interview and interrogation, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and crime prevention specialist. He has also been an active member of the Iowa Army National Guard since 1989.
As Community Outreach Officer, Poole will help UIDPS to bridge the gap between the community and the department and looks forward to developing professional and productive relationships across campus.
What Is Community Outreach?
Probably the most public face of the Department of Public Safety, the Community Outreach Officer works with multiple organizations across campus and in the community to help further the Department's mission of providing a safe learning environment for all students and maintaining a safe working environment for all employees. The Community Outreach Officer creates and maintains relationships with faculty, staff and students, acts a media liaison between the department and campus and local media and helps to market and promote programs offered by the Department of Public Safety (including NITE RIDE, Rape Aggression Defense and Violent Incident Survival Training amongst others) through the use of brochures, handouts, magnets and other items and apparel in addition to employing the Department of Public Safety website and social media platforms.
The Community Outreach Officer works closely with Orientation Services and the Parent Program Coordinator to make sure incoming students and their parents are as fully informed as possible about the wide variety of services and programs offered by the University of Iowa. In addition, they work closely with the University of Iowa Learning and Development as well as the New Faculty/Staff Orientation Program to make sure incoming employees have access to the resources they need to make their employment at the University of Iowa safe and successful. The Community Outreach Officer also coordinates the Department of Public Safety's student internship program and is available to any and all individuals and departments for safety and security assessments and recommendations.
Educational Classes and Presentations
Community Outreach offers a series of classes and presentations given to departments and campus organizations upon request in addition to the Department of Public Safety's two main educational offerings, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) and Violent Incident Survival Training (V.I.S.T.). These presentations include the following:
Personal Safety and Self-Protection
A presentation given upon request to improve self-awareness, improve confidence and knowledge in threatening situations, and learn risk reduction techniques.
Disruptive Persons for University of Iowa Employees
Prepare employees to handle emergency situations and how to properly deal with disruptive persons in the workplace. Also presented as part of the ‘Ready or Not Series.’
Know the Law, Know Your Rights with Student Legal Services
The purpose of this course is to inform the students about some of the common state and local law violations that occur in the Johnson County area.
Resident Assistant Training
Educate RA staff about services offered by the Department of Public Safety and discuss local and state laws.
Know the Law, Question and Answer
The purpose of this course is to inform the students about some of the common state and local law violations that occur in the Johnson County area. This allows students to get to know local law enforcement officers and actively engage in open discussion about university policy and laws.
The Office of Community Outreach can be reached during regular business hours at 319-335-5022 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.