Crime prevention and training

The University Police Department offers a variety of fully comprehensive training and educational programs to promote a safe and secure environment.
Contact for these programs
Chief Catron

Violent Intruder Training

Workplace safety and security throughout the UAF campus is the single prime concern of the Police Department. This program addresses the worse case scenario; that of a violent intruder on campus. The department has developed a comprehensive program tailored to each individual department of the UAF Campus. We provide hands on training to prepare staff, students, and faculty for this occurrence.

In-depth departmental training offered to educate employees and supervisors on what to do in case a violent intruder enters their workplace. Check-lists and constant reinforcement of situational awareness will be made available. Contact numbers will be posted in every department.

Targeted audience: Entire campus

Goal of the program:
In this worst case situation, reporting the intruder as soon as possible and use of survival techniques and responses will limit the damage and loss of life.

Violent Intruder Checklist

Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness/Problem Drinking Prevention

This program is a multifaceted one that works toward helping students identify why they drink, how it affects themselves, their education, and their achievement of goals, and gives tools and alternatives to establish better habits and behaviors that will last their entire lives. The end goal is to reduce drinking and mitigate the end results of alcohol abuse.

Broad-based campus-wide campaign with posters, meeting, training sessions, and intervention programs.

Targeted audience: Residential students, freshman, and recent 21 year olds.

Goal of the program:
To highlight and educate UAF students on problem drinking behaviors and offer immediate alternatives whenever possible. Students who binge drink, or are around those who do, are more likely to not attend classes after drinking, have low GPAs, lose financial aid or student employment eligibility and drop out of school. By working with students and staff, the goal is to enable students to realize the destructive nature of this problem, provide methods, tools and referral information to reduce or eliminate the behavior or trigger mechanisms that lead to binge or problem drinking, and reduce the negative academic and social impact to the individuals and the campus.

Domestic Violence

Violence at home is a great concern of the UAF Police Department. Ending the silence of victims and raising awareness of the community to confront and effectively reduce domestic conflict before it escalates into violence and abuse is the primary concern of this program.

The nature of this type of crime requires tailored education, meeting and materials based on the audience. Referrals to outside agency’s with strong support from the Police department mean using a variety of methods to provide information.

Targeted audience: Family Housing

Goal of the program:
The awareness of the dynamics of domestic disturbances and assault is the first step in the creation of a family safe campus and living environment. The zero tolerance of violence of this nature on campus will be a standard that is shared by all 

Drug Information

The University Police Department allows for citizens to report drug-related activity anonymously. However, it is generally preferred that the identity of the caller be given. This will assist officers if arrests are made and testimony in court is required. If a citizen requests anonymity for fear of retaliation or any other reasons, officers will conduct their investigation without the identity of the complainant.

A citizen who has a friend or relative they suspect of drug-related activity contact us with pertinent information. It is not necessary for officers to know the identity of the complainant. If the identity is divulged, at the request of the complainant, this information will be kept confidential.

Information on Specific Drugs

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America web site offers information about various kinds of drugs, their addictions, symptoms and effects on mental and physical well being. The site also offers suggestions on how parents should talk with kids about drugs.

Emergency Phones

Emergency phones are marked with BLUE LIGHTS at the following sites: (see UAF Campus Map)

  • Arctic Health Research Building
  • Ballaine Parking Lot
  • Bunnell Building
  • Butrovich Building
  • Chapman Building
  • Cutler Apartment Complex lot
  • Haida Parking Lot
  • Harwood Hall
  • Health, Safety and Security Building (telephone and intercom located at the front door to the police department)
  • Hess Village Recreation Center
  • International Arctic Research Center
  • Upper Moore Parking Lot
  • Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex
  • Museum
  • Natural Sciences Facility
  • O'Neill Building
  • Rasmuson Library
  • Stevens Hall
  • Student Recreation Center/Ski Hill
  • Old University Park parking lot (2 locations)

Safety and Security Tips

  • Walk in pairs at night or call 907-474-7721 for escort service.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Keep your residence door locked at all times.
  • Report suspicious persons or situations.
  • Alert campus police if you will be working late or on weekends.
  • Never leave personal items unattended.
  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Report all incidents of crime or suspected crime to UAF’s Police Department
  • Never hesitate to call for help.

Sexual Assault

Awareness and Prevention

Awareness of the possibilities of sexual assault on campus- particularly focusing on ‘acquaintance rape’ scenarios and methods to avoid/prevent such occurrences.

Multimedia presentations, role playing activities, posters and pamphlets explaining the rate and nature of sexual assaults.

Targeted audience: Community

Goal of the program:
The raising of awareness as to what ‘date rape’ is, how to identify dangerous situations, and steps that can be taken to protect against sexual assault. Active feedback to Police Department from the community will help better provide security and resource use to protect the campus and provide maximum prevention of this crime.

Sexual Assault Reporting and Support

UAF Title IX Reporting

Workplace Violence

Workplace safety throughout the UAF campus is the single prime concern of the Police Department. This program offers employees and students the ability to detect signs and symptoms of potentially explosive situations before they occur and gives specific contacts if they suspect or encounter any dangerous progression or violent behavior on campus.

In-depth department training offered to educate employees and supervisors on the signs and symptoms leading to violent behavior and what to do if it occurs. Check-lists and constant reinforcement of situational awareness will be made available through posters and web based reminders. Follow-up with conflict and anger management referrals through Human Resources will be available. Contact numbers will be posted in every department.

Targeted audience: Entire campus

Goal of the program:
Prevention of Work Place violence before it even occurs is the goal through educating the entire campus as to the warning signs and indicators that generally appear prior to any incident. Working closely with Human Resources to prevent, and if necessary, to deal with violent behavior will lead to the safest working and learning environment for our community.