Public safety is focus of UNLPD outreach series

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Public safety is focus of UNLPD outreach series

The Campus SaVE Act, which went in effect in March, further defines what universities and colleges must do to report violence on campus. The act outlines a need for additional education opportunities on campus and requires police to expand annual crime reports.
The UNL Police Department is offering a new public safety series that features regular brown bag presentations in the Nebraska Union. The series continues Feb. 18.

The UNL Police Department is offering a new series of community training sessions for faculty, staff and students.

The brown bag presentations, organized by Koan Nissen, UNLPD’s education and personnel officer, are offered once a month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Union (unless otherwise noted).

The idea for the sessions grew from UNLPD Chief Owen Yardley’s desire to create an outreach program based on issues pertinent to a campus community.

“The goal of these presentations is to bring awareness on public safety topics that are important to the students, faculty and staff,” Nissen said. “We really want folks to walk away a little more informed and prepared. And, we hope individuals will take this information back to individual campus unit and use it to start a constructive dialogue about emergency preparedness.”

Participants are encouraged to bring food and beverage to the sessions. The presentation take 30 to 35 minutes, leaving time for a question and answer period.

Nissen will lead the next public safety session on Feb. 18, exploring situational awareness and threat assessment.

The outreach series is unique locally as other law enforcement organizations do not offer similar presentations on a regular basis.

“Historically, law enforcement groups offer these types of community training sessions when requested,” Nissen said. “We’ve followed that reactive model in the past. But this series allows us to be proactive, offering a regular series that can help educate the campus community before a situation is encountered.”

Each session is free. Registration, though not required, is available at

The UNLPD public safety training schedule includes:

  • March 4 — Spring Break Safety, Aaron Pembleton, UNLPD

  • April 10 — Emergency Preparedness, Mark Robertson, UNLPD

  • April 15 — Active Shooter Awareness, Koan Nissen, UNLPD

  • May 1 — Nebraska Game and Parks Safety Briefing, TBA

  • July 17 — Active Shooter Awareness, Koan Nissen, UNLPD

Topics being considered include driving safety, alcohol/drug awareness, crime prevention, international student education, sexual assault awareness, cyber security, safety while traveling abroad and holiday safety.

For more information, or to suggest a topic or request a specific presentation, contact Nissen at or 402-472-2222.

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