Community Outreach and Crime Prevention

The Community Outreach and Crime Prevention (COCP) program is the organizational component through which the crime prevention activities of the Department are coordinated and implemented.

The program is responsible for the research, development and management of our educational brochures and presentation materials and the delivery of programs that educate our community on efficient safety practices and crime prevention awareness issues that will have a positive effect in the reduction of crime at the college and off-site clinical facilities.

To ensure our efforts are appropriately addressing the needs of the community and to increase awareness and reduce crime, the COCP program will:

  • Conduct and maintain liaison activities with internal college departments, Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex (MRMC) security departments, local law enforcement agencies and other community organizations/groups in order to facilitate the sharing of resources, program initiatives and/or criminal activities that may affect our community.
  • Target programming initiatives by crime type and geographical area on the basis of crime data to be obtained via internal tracking methods and/or external resources.
  • Target programming initiatives that address community perceptions or misconceptions of crime.
The Community Outreach and Crime Prevention program provides a variety of educational brochures and programs. To view the available presentations, please refer to the Crime Prevention Program brochure (PDF). For further information on any of the following brochures or programs, please contact Public Safety at (414) 955-8295 or find them on display next to the HRC North Entrance.

Program Presentations

Workplace Violence Prevention Program
Participants will review and understand: the MCW policy on workplace violence; recognize and understand workplace violence; and know the importance and role of each employee in a workplace violence incident.

Suspicious Packages
Participants will receive information to help increase their level of awareness regarding suspicious packages. Information includes what to look for and what to do if a suspicious package is received.

Dealing with Disorderly Subjects
Participants will receive information on how to use verbal communication to gain compliance, early warning signs, indications of mental illness, emotional disturbance or medically significant behavior.

Personal Safety
Participants will be provided with safety tips, recommendations and precautions on how to keep one's self safe and steps they can take if they feel threatened.  Information on protection of personal property will also be provided.

Crime Prevention Tips

Personal Safety

  • Walk or jog with a friend, not alone.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Use safety escort services.
  • Know your limits on dates and communicate them to your partner.
  • Know your limits with alcohol and do not accept drinks from others.

Protection from Date Rape Drugs

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Because they are colorless and odorless, date rape drugs can be slipped into any type of beverage.
  • Do not accept drinks from anyone but a bartender or server.
  • Try to attend bars or parties with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other's drinks.
  • If you think your drink has been tampered with, seek medical attention immediately and request the hospital conduct toxicology testing.

Residential Safety

  • Lock your residence whenever you leave and when you are sleeping.
  • Do not prop doors or otherwise attempt to bypass security devices.
  • Call the police to report someone who does not belong in your building.
  • Do not allow strangers to follow you into your building.

Campus Safety

  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Carry a whistle or noise maker. Do not be afraid to scream if you need help.
  • Use a help phone or raise the hood and stay in your car if it breaks down. If people stop to assist, ask them to call the police.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Workplace Safety

  • Keep personal items (purses, book bags) locked up.
  • Secure your work area when you are not there.
  • Report suspicious people or activity to Public Safety.

Protecting Your Property

  • Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
  • Engrave valuables with your license number or other identifying information.
  • Secure bicycles with a U-Lock device.
  • Keep your vehicle locked when it is parked and when you drive.
  • Consider installing anti-theft or alarm devices on your vehicle.
  • Do not leave textbooks, purses, or book bags unattended.
  • Do not leave laptop computers or PDAs unattended.

Access Cards

  • Lost or stolen cards should be reported to Public Safety at (414) 955-8424 for deactivation.
  • Carry your access card with you at all times and display the card for identification.
  • Do not loan your card to anyone and do not allow others to "tailgate" behind you when entering secure areas.

Password Protection

  • Computer passwords should be changed every 60-90 days.
  • Passwords should a random combination of alpha and numeric characters.
  • Name, address, phone number and any other personal identifiable information should not be used as passwords.
  • Use a mnemonic or rhyme to help set up and remember good passwords. For example:
    • My four children are wonderful when they're sleeping – m4Cawwts
    • My anniversary is April 4 remember that date – Maia4rtd
    • Did Ali Baba really have forty thieves – dAbrh40t

Identity Theft

  • Do not carry your Social Security card, Social Security number, birth certificate or passport unless necessary.
  • Social Security numbers or phone numbers should not be put on checks.
  • Identifying information should not be given over the phone or the Internet to someone you to not know or on a cellular or cordless phone.
  • Shred all personal documents before placing them in the trash.
  • Get a copy of your credit report every year.
  • Keep a list, in a safe place, of all credit cards and bank accounts including the account numbers, phone numbers and expiration dates.

Contact Us

Public Safety Center
Health Research Center, Room H1820
Emergency: (414) 955-8299 | Non-Emergency: (414) 955-8295

Access Service Center
Health Research Center, Room H1860
(414) 955-8471

Central Administration
Medical Education Building, Room M0740
(414) 955-8424 | (414) 955-6557 (fax)

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