Community Relations Programs and Services

The following is a list of some of the programs and services provided by the Community Relations Section of the State College Police Department. For additional information on programs, or to design a program to suit your group or organization's specific needs, contact the State College Police Department's Community Relations/Crime Prevention Section at (814) 234-7150 or email the Police Department. New programs will be added as they become available.

Youth Programs

  1. Child Safety/ Stranger Danger
  2. Cyberbullying & Internet Safety
  3. Camp Cadet
  4. Youthful Offender Program
  5. Child I.D. Program

Parents around the country are more concerned than ever about the safety of their children. Parents constantly worry about stranger abduction and about their child being sexually molested. Although there is a myriad of information available to the public about keeping kids safe, it has become confusing for parents to sort through the vast amount of “expert” opinion.

In this 1.5-hour presentation, we will discuss child safety from logical viewpoint, provide you with pertinent statistics, dispel some old myths, and show you how you can enhance your child's safety. This presentation contains information on predators and how they are able to win your confidence and lure your child. We will provide you with information on the signals of intuition and the ways to capitalize on those "gut feelings" to better protect your child. Basic information is provided on what parents need to teach their children so they can begin to learn to protect themselves and develop their own instincts in the process. We also provide parents with the "signs and symptoms" of sexual abuse so they can recognize potential problems should they arise.

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The State College Police Department offers a “Stranger Danger” program for children which covers the above information. To help teach children who a stranger is they are shown a number of pictures including pictures of people who appear smiling and friendly and others where the person appears to look scary. This illustration helps kids learn that strangers aren’t just people who look scary, but are people that they don’t know. Contact the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Specialist at the State College Police Department to schedule a “Stranger Danger” program for your class or organization, call (814) 234-7150 or email.

Educational Presentations

  1. Active Shooter / Dangerous Intruder 
  2. Drug Identification and Abuse Recognition
  3. Identity Theft

This is a 1.5-hour presentation that provides crucial information should you or members of your organization ever find themselves in an Active Shooter or Dangerous intruder evet. The Department of Homeland Security Defines an Active Shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, Active Shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.” This presentation is designed to educate persons in preparation, planning, and preparedness in the event of an active shooter or dangerous intruder. In addition, topics covered include early reporting in a pathway to violence, site-assessment and target handling (for more information visit CPTED), and emergency planning and implementation of practices suggestions.

  1. Sexual Assault
  2. Domestic Violence Awareness
  3. Fraternity/Sorority Q&A
  4. Protecting Children

Sexual assault and rape are acts of violence that can happen to anyone. Attackers and rapists can be anyone - strangers, neighbors, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners or spouses, co-workers, classmates, family members, and friends. In fact, most victims know their assailants. You can reduce the risk of sexual assault by learning about precautionary measures you can take, how to protect yourself, and how to report an incident.

This 1-hour presentation provides information on rape, date rape, date rape with drugs and alcohol, and the various laws regarding sexual assault, and what to do if the unthinkable happens.

Only 15 percent of all rapes are reported to the police. Victims will usually not hesitate to report a "stranger" rape, but will rarely report an "acquaintance" rape, because society looks at the two very differently. Victims must go through the process of telling the gruesome story repeatedly; to the police, emergency room personnel, the prosecuting attorney, and a jury. The victims re-live the incident each time they go through the details, making them hesitant to prosecute the offender, and they are left wondering why the system is so insensitive to their victimization. Centre County has found a way to minimize this system’s impact, by introducing the S.A.R.T. team (Sexual Assault Response Team) to victims during the initial stages of a sexual assault investigation. In addition, this presentation will show you how the S.A.R.T. works, who are members of the team, and how their procedures greatly reduce the insensitivity of the system, thereby increasing the rate of prosecution of sexual assault offenders.

Other Community Programs

  1. CPTED
  2. Car Seat Checks
  3. Interview Requests
  4. Police Station Tours/ Ride Alongs

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design's (CPTED) theory is that the design of public spaces, traffic flow patterns, lighting levels, and ease of access all influence crime rates and how residents perceive crime in their community. CPTED concepts not only reduce crime but also combat the fear of crime. Tactics used in CPTED included blocking off streets or making them one way to discourage traffic, renovating courtyards in schools and apartment buildings, installing mechanical devices to monitor access to and from apartment buildings, improving street lighting, and landscaping areas so they are attractive but do not provide hiding places for criminals. 

CPTED depends on a mixture of resident, police, and physical design tactics to be successful and demonstrates how environmental design can strengthen a neighborhood. If you would like a police officer to check the security aspects of new commercial or new residential construction or would like to enhance existing security at your home or business, please contact the State College Police Department's Community Relations/Crime Prevention Section at 814-234-7150 or e-mail police@statecollegepa.us.

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