Special Programs

C.O.P.S.....Police on Bicycles!

Since 1998, ETSU has participated in Community Oriented Policing Services -- C.O.P.S. -- a relatively new effort in policing that provides a more direct involvement with the community by having police officers patrolling campus on bicycles.ETSU decided to bring bike patrol officers to campus after other schools reported dramatic drops in crime after implementing the program. The university's C.O.P.S. program began with the assistance of a Department of Justice grant, which assisted in covering the cost of the state-of-the-art mountain bikes, full protective police gear and special training for the participating officers .According to Jack Cotrel, director of Public Safety, the C.O.P.S. program has provided multiple benefits to the campus since its inception.

"It helps the police to become more intimately familiar with the university community, so that the community can feel comfortable talking to police officers," he said. "Our main goal is crime prevention and student awareness, and this effort provides more visibility and accessibility to the officers."

Operation ID

Theft of unsecured property is one of the biggest crimes seen on college campuses.  Op ID is a national theft prevention program offered free of charge by the ETSU Police Department.  This program involves keeping records of your personal properties serial number and a detailed description of the item. This can help aid in recovery and return of lost or stolen items. After registering your item you may come to the Campus Police and ask for a special marking ask for Officer Worley for details. Also, for those who have bicycles registered through Op ID you can choose to have them stored with the Police Department over the summer or while on vacation, other forms will be required for this feature.  

GOTCHA Program

University Police have initiated "GOTCHA," a crime prevention and awareness program to reduce thefts on campus.

Officers on patrol who discover unattended valuables will place "GOTCHA" cards on them to make the owners aware of the need for crime prevention. Cards will also be placed in unattended and unlocked offices.

Campus Police are trying to make people aware of their role and responsibility in preventing crime and will be assisted by housing in these efforts.

To prevent theft:

_ Never leave your belongings unattended in public places, such as the library, athletic facilities, playing fields and restaurants. Be especially careful with wallets, purses and backpacks.

_ Lock your desk drawers, lockers and office doors when you are away, for however short a period of time.

_ Always lock your bike securely. A chain or cable will not provide sufficient security -- use a "horseshoe" lock to secure bicycle frames and detachable front wheels to bicycle racks and not to small trees, signposts or anything weaker than the lock itself.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense)

12 Hours *Women Only

Every six minutes, a rape takes place in the United States.  The Rape Aggression Defense System is comprised of easy to learn proven effective physical tactics that may enable you to survive a violent encounter. This dynamic, hands-on program was designed for the average woman, beginning with awareness, risk reduction, avoidance and overall prevention. Basic techniques are taught in an enjoyable format by certified instructors. 

S.A.F.E. (Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange)

1 Hour-2 Hour *Women Only

You are your best defense.  This educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program encompasses strategies, techniques, options, and prevention. It will provide teenaged & adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.

SAFE  STUDY (VA campus)

Students who are on the VA campus studing late (after 4:30pm) or on the weekends can contact ETSU Police Department to have them extra patrol the building in which they are studing. This extra patrol will include patroling the outside of the building, the parking lots around the building, and inside the building.