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UMPD to reinforce campus safety messages with students during 'Coffee and Donuts with the Cops' event

September 23, 2013

What: University of Minnesota Police to hand out donuts, coffee and safety information
When: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26
Where: Tuesday, Sept. 24: U of M West Bank Plaza (at Washington Ave. Bridge, outside Willey Hall), 219 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis;
Wednesday, Sept. 25: U of M East Bank Scholars Walk, 207 Church St. SE, Minneapolis;
Thursday, Sept. 26: U of M St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul

With school back in session, University of Minnesota Police will meet with students to discuss important personal safety tips and share information regarding the many campus resources available.

UMPD officers will be on campus serving free coffee and donuts from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 (at the West Bank Plaza/head of the Washington Ave. Bridge, outside Willey Hall), Wednesday, Sept. 25 (at the intersection of Church St. and the Scholars Walk) and Thursday, Sept. 26 (at the St. Paul Student Center).

In addition to free food, police will be handing out complementary bike reflectors and medallions featuring phone numbers for various campus safety resources. The "Gopher Chauffer" vehicle, which provides free rides home for Twin Cities students, will be present all three days as a visual reminder of an important safety resource.

"Ensuring safety and security is a collaborative effort throughout the University community," said University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg Hestness. "UMPD is fortunate to partner with departments across campus in providing a multitude of safety resources. The ‘Coffee and Donuts with the Cops’ gatherings are a great chance for our officers to engage with our students and reinforce steps they can take to remain safe."

The University’s "Step Up" campaign, which promotes public awareness and "active bystanders," pushes students to be vocal in their support for friends and peers. Students are encouraged to ensure their fellow Gophers are traveling in groups at night, are aware of their surroundings and are taking appropriate precautions against crime.

For more information on campus safety resources and personal safety tips, visit

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