Duke Police Talk Safety at ‘Tips n’ Treats’ Events

Meet-and-greet sessions return Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct 2

Eric Hester, right, chats with students during Duke Police's last
Eric Hester, right, chats with students during Duke Police's last "Tips n' Treats" event. The latest round of the meet-and-greet series will take place this week. Photo by April Dudash.

Duke community members can chat with members of the Duke University Police Department when the "Tips n' Treats" meet-and-greet sessions return this week.

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

Eric Hester, crime prevention officer with Duke Police, said the program is valuable because it allows his department to forge stronger relationships with the campus community.

“Campus safety is all about teamwork and students and employees can support us just as much as we support them,” he said. “It’s about letting everyone know who we are and how we can help.”

Duke Police hosted Tips n' Treats stops last April and distributed almost 800 wallet cards featuring safety tips and contact information for the department. Upcoming sessions include:

Duke staff and faculty are also welcome to drop by each event. Duke Dining will provide treats.

David Robertson, vice president of the Durham and Regional Affairs with Duke Student Government, said Tips n’ Treats provides a valuable opportunity for creating a stronger Duke community and for helping students to understand the resources that are available to them to stay safe. 

“For many of us, coming to Durham means becoming a member of a completely new community,” he said. “Events like Tips n’ Treats allow us to learn how to be responsible and engaged members of our new home and how to stay informed. This engagement by students is critical to Duke students themselves, Duke Police and the broader regional community."