Meet with Duke Police at 'Tips n' Treats'

Series of safety information sessions set for April 2, 3 and 5

Eric Hester, center, and David Williams, right, chat with a student during October's "Tips n' Treats" session. The events will return April 2. Photo by Cate Auerbach.

Duke community members have their chance to chat with members of the Duke University Police Department when the "Tips n' Treats" meet-and-greet sessions return April 2.

The biannual event will make stops on East, West and Central campuses, where police officers meet informally with students to discuss safety and various services and resources.

"We're excited to answer questions and share information about how we can work together to keep Duke safe," said Eric Hester, crime prevention officer with Duke Police. "It's helpful to get out there and let students know how we can support each other."

Duke Police held Tips n' Treats stops in October and distributed about 750 wallet cards featuring safety tips and contact information for the department. Officers also engraved several laptops, cell phones and a bicycle, a free service offered by the department. Engraving will be available during the April sessions.

Upcoming sessions are:

Duke staff and faculty are also welcome to drop by each event. Treats will be provided by Duke Dining.

Derek Rhodes, Duke Student Government's vice President for Durham and regional affairs, said events like Tips n' Treats are important to build relationships between students and Duke Police. He said that by getting to know officers on a more personal level, students will feel more comfortable seeking information or assistance.

"This event is just one example of their desire to make sure students are equipped with the tools necessary for staying safe," Rhodes said. "The knowledge and resources shared at the event are invaluable. Student involvement is immensely important for both Duke Police and Duke students."