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Greetings from the Department of Public Safety! 
December 2020 Newsletter
Brown campus in the fall with lamppost
Changes to DPS Operations

Thank you to all who attended the Brown University Community Council meeting on November 18 where Executive Vice President for Planning & Policy Russell Carey and Executive Director and Chief of Public Safety Colonel Mark Porter gave an overview of DPS. We appreciate your engagement and your questions. We are looking forward to future conversations with you!

Highlights from the meeting:

Lockouts: The Office of Residential Life will now handle lockouts (when a student locks themselves out of their room) during business hours. DPS will continue to do lockouts during nonbusiness hours (5:00 pm - 8:00 am) until the spring, when those responsibilities will be fully transferred to Residential Life.

Wellness checks: Residential Life staff will carry out wellness checks where there is a concern for someone's personal wellbeing. However, if there is an immediate danger to someone's safety, you should still call the DPS Emergency Line at 401-863-4111.
 
Stuff a Cruiser
It's that time of year! DPS is partnering once again with the Boys & Girls Club in Fox Point to collect holiday gifts for the 82% of B&G members who live in poverty. If you would like to donate an item, such as toys, hygiene items, gift cards, technology, or science kits, you can drop off gifts in the DPS lobby.
Be on Alert for Holiday Scammers!
The latest scam consists of a phone call from the US Marshall’s Service or a State Police Department telling you that your Social Security Number (SSN) has been compromised. Someone is using it in another state for money laundering and drug trafficking. You may also get a follow-up email. You can read more about the scam on our website. Please be advised that Law Enforcement will never bargain with you and ask for money to avoid criminal charges; nor will they ask for gift cards or ask you to place your money into Bitcoin machines.

If you believe you have been victimized by a scam, contact the Brown Department of Public Safety, or your local or State Police Department. To reach Brown DPS call 401-863-3322 or email us Campus_Safety@Brown.edu.
Important Resources:
  • Knowledge is Power. We want to keep you engaged and informed as it relates to your safety. Did you know that DPS staff have a rigorous training program that includes topics, such as de-escalation techniques, implicit bias, and facilitated role-playing? A copy of the 2019-2020 Scheduled Training can be found on our website.
Have a safe and wonderful Winter break!
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