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Public safety, other departments focused on proactive campus safety

Public safety annual report
All of UNG's police officers completed a range of training courses during the past year aimed at making them more effective in completing their jobs safely with an emphasis on positively impacting UNG's campuses and communities.

Several departments at the University of North Georgia (UNG) are working to raise the safety level of the university's campuses even higher in commitment to providing a secure learning environment for all students.

In support of this goal, UNG's Department of Public Safety has prepared the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which provides information on safety and security at each of UNG's campuses: Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee.

"UNG is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the university community," said Justin Gaines, UNG's chief of police. "One way that we can achieve that environment is through transparency, which is a large part of the reason we prepare this report annually. We encourage everyone to read and use it to assist in providing continual safety for yourself and your surroundings."

The report contains UNG policies and procedures for reporting crime, crime prevention programs, victim assistance services, fire safety, and other materials.

All UNG police officers completed several training courses during the past year as part of the commitment to providing a safer and more secure campus environment. During the months of May, June and July, each officer completed 40 hours of training, including CPR and first-aid certification and annual firearms and use of force training. Then, in September, all officers were trained in the use of Naloxone, an anti-opiate drug, which they are now issued to carry in the case of an opiate overdose.

"One of the goals for this training was to focus on better service to the community," said Capt. James Wright. "We brought in experts in certain fields to speak to the officers. Rape Response provided training to the officers in dealing with rape victims and the process victims have to go through. Brian Sharp with Brian Sharp and Associates came in and gave training on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The goal of the training was to create a better understanding of the LGBT community, beliefs and values, correct titles and similar topics so members of the LGBT community may feel more comfortable coming to the department for assistance."

Dr. Simon Cordery director of counseling and student development, presented training on dealing with the mentally ill to help officers recognize people with mental illness and taught methods on how to speak to and serve them.

Title IX Coordinator David Marling provided officers information on Title IX legislation and how it impacts college campuses campus.

"My sessions with the officers covered topics such as the different types of sexual misconduct that are violations of university policy, an overview of the Title IX rights that victims and alleged perpetrators are given in the Title IX process, including confidentiality, and the designation of mandatory and confidential reporters of sexual misconduct," Marling said.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, UNG's full Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at http://ung.edu/public-safety/_uploads/files/Annual-Fire-Security-Report.pdf

Those wanting a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can call 706-864-1702 to request one by mail, or can visit one UNG's Department of Public Safety precincts.

  • Cumming Campus precinct, 300 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, Georgia 30040 - Room 240 in the Administration Building.
  • Dahlonega Campus precinct, 246 South Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533, Department of Public Safety Building.
  • Gainesville Campus precinct, 2640 Facilities Drive, Oakwood, Georgia 30566, Department of Public Safety Building.
  • Oconee Campus precinct, 1201 Bishop Farms Parkway Watkinsville, Georgia 30677, Building 900.

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