Stephen F. Austin State University

Training Programs

Training Programs

The University Police Department takes your safety very seriously and looks for various ways to help educate our Campus Community in ways to help you protect yourself. In addition to the RAD training, Sexual Assautl Awareness, and various other training programs, we are pleased to announce that we have begun offering a new series of training classes to help educate you on personal safety. Below is a listing of the new classes that we offer, along with a brief description. Any person wishing to attend one or more of these programs or is interested in having one or more of them presented to your group, please call Amanda Kennedy at 936-468-2265 or email at wigginsas@sfasu.edu or call Karen Moore at 936-468-2252 or email kmoore@sfasu.edu .

This is also a reminder to all of the campus community that you should register for the Mobile Alerts. This system is available to students, faculty and staff to register a mobile device, such as a cell phone. Land-line phones and e-mail addresses different from your campus e-mail address may also be registered. When an alert is issued, messages are sent to all of the devices you have registered on this system. Go to mySFA and click on the red "Register to Get Campus Alerts" button to start.

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Please contact Amanda Kennedy at 936-468-2265 or email wigginsas@sfasu.edu or Karen Moore at 936-468-2252 or email kmoore@sfasu.edu to schedule a time for you or your group to view the programs.

Rape Agression Defense Systems (RAD)

The Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD) is a training program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD System is a comprehencive, woman-only course that begins with risk awareness, risk prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Our courses are taught by nationally certified RAD Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. RAD is the largest organization of its kind and it is the only such organization or program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

The Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department offers the RAD course free to all women ages 13 and up. To find out more about the course and for dates the course is offered, you can contact Amanda Kennedy at 936-468-2265 or email at wigginsas@sfasu.edu or Karen Moore at 936-468-2252 or email at kmoore@sfasu.edu.

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Flash Point... Recognizing and Preventing Workplace Violence

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According to the US Department of Labor, National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2007, workplace homicides rose 13% in 2007. This training program is focused on an issue that impacts all of us-how to prevent violence in the workplace. Through this program, we hope to provide you with a sharper lens from which to more clearly view your workday. We want to help you recognize when a low-threat behavior may be escalating toward possible violence. The true cost of workplace violence is high. It's not only measured in dollars and lost productivity; there's significant human cost as well.

Violence, whether in a workplace, home, or school, is a complex issue with complex causes and consequences. Imagining that there are easy answers and instant solutions is counterproductive. There is no easy way to attack the causes and no simple formula that can predict who will commit a violent act. It is also true, however, that violent behavior develops progressively; that making a threat represents a stage in an evolutionary process; and that there are observable signs along the way that most of us see if we know how to recognize them.

Making an effort to prevent workplace violence is a win-win proposition. You may never know if you've actually succeeded in preventing a violent incident, but if you can help create a more positive and respectful work environment, you may, in fact, be contributing to its safety.

This training program is designed to make you, the employee, mindful, not fearful, of behaviors of concern. You will learn how to create an environment where everyone is a stakeholder in their safety and the security of the workplace. Workplace safety is everyone's responsibility. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that demonstrates how to recognize and respond to behaviors of concern of those around you in the workplace.

Shots Fired… On Campus

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No one thinks about an active shooter on a college campus, but it is a sad fact that they sometimes occur. We have all probably heard the stories of shootings happening across the United States. An active shooter is one situation where your behavior and the actions that you take can have a tremendous impact on whether you survive or not. It is up to everyone in the Campus Community to pay attention to the things that are out of the ordinary and have an idea about how they would quickly get out of harm's way in order to survive.

If someone wielding a gun walks into your building, what would you do? The University Police Department takes your safety very seriously and looks for various ways to help educate our Campus Community in ways to help you protect yourself.

This training program is designed to teach you, the University Community member, to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security in the classroom and beyond. It stresses awareness, preparation, and rehearsal; the keys to safety. You will learn how, with proper mindset and the necessary tools, to be better equipped to react with purpose and to maximize your chance of survival if involved in an active shooter situation. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that demonstrates how to respond to an active shooter situation and provide critical guidance on what to do to protect you in the classroom.

Flash Point on Campus… Recognizing and Preventing Campus Violence

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According to findings of the U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative, "Incidents of targeted violence at schools are rarely impulsive. The attacks are typically the end result of an understandable and often discernible process of thinking and behavior." It is everyone's responsibility to help recognize and report behavior that is discerning, both in and out of the classroom, to the appropriate campus authorities. This may be your professor, hall director, counselor, or the police department. No one person can prevent violence alone. It is a collaborative effort.

Campus violence is a complex issue with complex causes and consequences. Imagining that there are easy answers and instant solutions is counterproductive. There is no easy way to attack the causes and no simple formula that can predict who will commit a violent act. It is true, however, that violent behavior develops progressively; that making a threat represents a stage in an evolutionary process; and observable signs along the way that most of us can see if we know how to recognize them.

Making an effort to prevent campus violence is a win-win proposition. You may never know if you've actually succeeded in preventing a violent incident, but if you can help create a more positive and respectful campus environment, you may, in fact be contributing to its safety.

This training program is designed to help educate you, the University Community member, on ways of detecting abnormal behavior, both in and out of the classroom; offering help to someone; and knowing that you can talk to a campus authority to get help before a tragic event occurs. Campus safety is everyone's responsibility. Knowing the signs to look for in others' behavior will heighten your awareness of those around you. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that gives you insight into behavior characteristics that should be looked for, how to respond to certain behavior characteristics, and knowing who to talk to about your concerns.

Shots Fired! When Lightning Strikes… Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace

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Gunfire in the workplace…the last sound you'd expect to hear. Even though the possibility of being involved in an active shooter incident in the workplace is very remote, the consequences are so potentially catastrophic that it makes good sense to spend some time now thinking and preparing for it.

During any given month or year, the reality is an active shooter will strike somewhere in someone's workplace. If that work place is yours, you'll need the proper mindset and tools to react with purpose and to maximize your chance of survival.

This training program is designed to teach you, the employee, to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security in your workplace. It stresses awareness, preparation, and rehearsal; the keys to safety. You will learn how, with proper mindset and the necessary tools, to be better equipped to react with purpose and to maximize your chance of survival if involved in an active shooter situation. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that demonstrates how to respond to an active shooter situation and provide critical guidance on what to do to protect you in the workplace.

Silent STORM: Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking… The Impact on the Workplace

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Intimate partner violence does not necessarily stay at home when its victims go to work. It can follow them, bringing its violent behavior into the workplace.

The workplace is where anyone facing intimate partner violence spends at least eight hours a day. It is an ideal place for victims of intimate partner violence to get help and support. Employers who confront intimate partner violence in the workplace have the power to save money and save lives. Experience has shown that intimate partner violence is one crime where swift intervention in the early stages can be effective in preventing the escalation of violence.

This training program is designed to make you aware that Intimate Partner Violence and its spillover effects are fast becoming a major issue of concern in our workplace today. After defining intimate partner violence, the course will teach you available action options to deal with the ripple effect on the workplace. You will learn a basic awareness of the psychological and social dynamics of intimate partner violence. It will help you recognize and manage the initial signs of abuse and provide action steps to protect both you and the workplace. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that demonstrates how to detect and respond to intimate partner violence and what to do when it follows the victim to the workplace.

Your Safe Passage… Before You Go

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During travels, the odds of encountering a kidnapper or hostage-taker are extremely small. Young street criminals who feed on the vulnerabilities of tourists are a lot more common. You can encounter them in dozens of American cities. Their primary goal is to get your wallet. If they confront you, rather than scam you, give them your wallet. They'll be satisfied and you'll have gained enough time to get away. But…did they get the wallet they expected? Not if you learn how to scam the scammers!

Despite the heightened threat of terrorism, literally millions of Americans travel abroad every year without incident. In an effort to increase the odds that you, too, will travel overseas and return home safely, an important first step is planning. The guidelines provided in this training program will assist you in more effectively preparing for your journey - and for the possible challenges that you might face.

As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. If you're traveling internationally or working in a foreign country, the information provided in this training program will assist in securing your safety during your overseas experience. In doing so, perhaps its most important purpose is to provide you with an objective perspective on the risks you may face, as well as concrete strategies to employ should you encounter a worst case scenario.

This training program guides you through the key stages of travel, beginning with what to and how to pack. You will also learn how to increase your security in hotels, how to spot and avoid scams, and what to do in a bad situation, such as theft, purse snatching or abduction. During this 50 minute presentation, there is a 20 minute training video presented by the Center of Personal Protection and Safety that demonstrates how to properly prepare for your travels in advance and how to remain safe while you are traveling. More resources on Safe Passage.

Other Training Programs Offered

Along with these new programs, The University Police Department continues to offer other crime prevention programs to our campus community such as:

To enroll in one or more of the programs offered by the University Police Department or if you are interested in having one or more of them presented to your group, please Amanda Kennedy at 936-468-2265 or email at wigginsas@sfasu.edu or Karen Moore at 936-468-2252 or kmoore@sfasu.edu.