From everyone at the University Police, we wish you a Happy Holidays, and look forward to your safe return to campus!

Oh, and don’t be like this guy.

How to make your car safe and prepared for winter driving!

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Kit tips:

  • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
  • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

911 tips:

  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing.
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Survival tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don’t risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
  • Don’t expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you’re found.

Law and Order Magazine Police Vehicle Design Contest 2014

The SUNY Geneseo University Police Department recently took the “Bronze Medal” coming in third place in Law and Order Magazines police vehicle design contest. The departmcarent and its members were pleased and honored by the distinction when the department was advised that it was one of the top finalist. Members of the design team  included Lieutenant Matthew Austin, Officers David stall and Scott Ewanow.  VSP Graphics of Buffalo NY created the graphic design and decal package for the department.

SUNY Geneseo University Police Provide Community Outreach

Commissioner of University Police R. Bruce McBride requested members from the SUNY Geneseo University Police Department to provide community outreach, tabling and a presentation concerning contemporary safety related issues for those in attendance at the Student Association of the State University statewide conference. The conference which was organized by SUNY Board of Trustee member and SUNY Student Lori Moulds was held at the RIT Convention Center in Henrietta and was attended by Student Associaadmintion representatives from campuses in the system. Members of University Police Departments are appreciative of the Student association support of retirement equity legislation that would provide university police officers the same benefits as those of municipal police officers.

Presidents Safety Walk 2014

Though inclement weather was in the forecast, college administrators, faculty, staff and students gathered on Wednesday evening (Oct 15th) to participate in the Presidents Safety Walk. President Long addressed the group citing the importance of their involvement. The safety walk is held annually and provides participants with the opportunity to point out safety, accessibility and lighting concerns across campus. Approximately 50 members of the college community participated in the event which toured the south side of campus taking note of their observations concerning lighting that was inadequate in certain areas, lights that were out foliage that should be trimmed back as well as grading and refinement of curb cuts and sidewalk areas for improved accessibility. Everyone who participated was present for a common goal that being greater safety, accessibility and improved lighting conditions.


“Thirsty Thursday” With UPD

When a police officer approaches a group of teenagers partying and having a good time, it’s usually not a good thing. When UP Officer Andrew Phelps and Tim Kelly from Geneseo First Response (GFR) approached the main lounge of Suffolk Hall, however, the residents and RAs happily greeted them and had them join the party. This past “Thirsty Thursday” the Suffolk residents learned about underage drinking instead of engaging in it.

Officer Phelps Lays Down the Laws

Suffolk Hall Welcomes UP and GFR

The music in the main lounge was lowered, bachata dancing ceased, and everyone abandoned their games of “candy pong” to watch the presentation. Phelps, who has been on the force for seven years, began by unfolding a presentation board listing the different laws concerning underage drinking, false identification, and the new amnesty law that went into effect in 2011.

The amnesty law states that if a person is to call the authorities to help another who is under the influence they will not be punished, even if they are underage and/or under the influence, as well. However, Phelps clarified that if they are responding to such a call and find someone who is underage and under the influence that didn’t make the call, that person will face the ramifications.

Next Phelps discussed the rules and regulations concerning fake IDs. He warned students against walking around with more than one form of identification at a time (excluding the student ID), because it could raise suspicion. However, those who are caught with a fake ID can ask the judge to reduce the maximum fine, especially if they are a first time offender.

A  Routine Call for GFR

After explaining the legal side of underage drinking Kelly stepped in to give a demonstration of how GFR, step-by-step, responds to a call. Kelly, first assistant chief and senior mathematics major here in Geneseo, called for a volunteer. First, he asked the volunteer how they felt, and then for an ID to record demographics and medical history.

He then took the volunteer’s blood pressure and pulse—which may upset some ladies as nail polish is removed prior to assure accurate results from the finger monitor.

Geneseo First Response 2013-2014

Next he examined the volunteer’s breathing and pupils before doing a sensory/reflex check. One tip Kelly gave the residents was that if a student calls for assistance he or she should create a clear path and stay out of the way to make the respondents’ job easier. If the person is taken to the hospital, he advises roommates/friends to gather their cell phones and a change of clothes to give the ambulance staff.

Once Kelly finished, the presentation concluded. Afterward the presenters mingled with the students as the party continued. To Phelps and Kelly, getting to know the students is just as important as protecting them.