Meet with Duke Police at 'Tips n' Treats'

Series of safety information sessions set for Oct 28 to 30

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Eric Hester, right, crime prevention officer with Duke Police, chats with Duke students during a past "Tips n' Treats" session. Hester and other officers will stop by campus eateries Oct. 28 to 30 to talk safety. Photo by Bryan Roth.

Duke University Police Department officers will spread across campus next week for the biannual "Tips n' Treats" meet-and-greet sessions.

Upcoming sessions are:

  • Oct. 28 at East Campus Marketplace, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 29 at Central Campus’ Food Factory at Devil’s Bistro, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 30 at Bryan Center, inside the entrance from the Plaza, 11 a.m.

"This is one of our favorite programs to take part in because it lets students see our faces and hopefully we can build some relationships," said Eric Hester, crime prevention officer with Duke Police. "Maintaining a safe campus is a shared responsibility, so we look forward to answering questions and offering any tips that may be useful to our community."

Duke Police last hosted Tips n' Treats stops in April and distributed about 700 of 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.

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

Derek Rhodes, Duke Student Government's vice President for Durham and regional affairs, said events like Tips n' Treats are essential because it shows students that Duke Police has a vested interest in educating and helping them to create a safer campus environment.

"Students want to feel comfortable in the communities in which they live, but aren't always necessarily as informed as they should be," Rhodes said. "It's also important that students have a relationship or familiarity with Duke Police officers."