Crime Prevention


The goal of Tennessee State University Police Department is to "protect students, faculty, staff and visitors" of the university. We strive to accomplish this goal through a combination of proactive and reactive policing. While our patrol unit is primarily focused es on reactive strategies, the Crime Prevention Officers focus is on proactive strategies. The Crime Prevention Officer offers programs that are based upon the concepts of risk reduction through education and avoidance.

The Crime Prevention Officer is able present various topics to educate the public on different issues surrounding safety and security on a college campus. She is available anytime to talk to your group or organization. Contact your Crime Prevention Officer at (615)963-5928 or email 

Listed below are commonly presented programs, however, our Crime Prevention Officer can modify or create a specific program to fit your needs.

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  Course Descriptions

Alcohol Awareness

1 hour

Alcohol use is prevalent on many college and university settings. High-risk behaviors associated with alcohol abuse and misuse impact all community members. This program addresses the dangers associated with excessive drinking and brings awareness to hazards of driving while impaired. This interactive course uses "drunk" goggles and a Nintendo Wii to simulate driving under the influence.

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence

1.5 hours

Every fifteen seconds, a woman is battered in the US by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner. This course  focuses on the warning signs of domestic violence, relevant Tennessee statistics, and available area resources. A case study is available as a part of this course if requested.

Operation ID

Time Varies

Theft of unsecured property is one of the biggest crimes seen on college campuses. Operation ID is a theft prevention program offered free of charge by the TSU Police Department. This program involves keeping records of your personal properties serial number and a detailed description of the item and or engraving your item with a unique, definable characteristic. Taking action in this way can help aid the recovery and return of lost or stolen items.

 Party Safety

1 hour

Fun, laid back group settings are a great time to meet new people and enjoy some of the independence that comes with college life; however, there are some dangers associated with large gatherings of people you may not know. This program addresses many of these potential dangers about college parties and gives participant safety tips for enjoying social settings in a college atmosphere.

Substance Abuse Education

1 hour

Along with the legal ramifications, abuse of illegal drugs can cause serious health dangers. This program discusses the dangers of drug abuse, as well as the abuse of prescription medication. The course also highlights the misconceptions students may have concerning drug use.

Personal Safety 101

1 hour

No one is immune to crime; however, there is a way to greatly reduce your risk through proactive actions. The foundation of  this course focuses on risk reduction and risk awareness. This general seminar covers many safety topics, including sexual assault and rape prevention. Depending on the group composition, some practical self-defense moves may be incorporated.

Sexual Assault Awareness

1 hour

One in five women report being forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. This class offers information on rape awareness and prevention, and provides students with information regarding counseling availability. Discussions of risk awareness, reduction, and avoidance are covered as well as bystander intervention.

Spring Break Safety


Spring Breakers tend to flock to popular destinations. Unfortunately, these areas become target-rich environments for criminals. This program is aimed at prevention by highlighting awareness to the potential dangers of spring break travel. The course will cover travel and personal safety, situational awareness, and will touch on alcohol and drug awareness.





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