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    The Worcester State University Police Department provides a full range of police resources to the university community, including 24-hour patrols, criminal investigations, crime and rape prevention programs, and event security planning. We believe in proactive law enforcement with an emphasis on community policing.

    Our officers focus on prevention and enforcement of laws and university rules and regulations. We invite everyone on campus to participate in our community policing efforts. This partnership provides you with direct contact and personalized safety services.

    While we prefer to use proactive means to prevent crime and disruptions—and use alternatives to arrest when reasonable—our 16 sworn officers have enforcement and arrest authority on the Worcester State campus. We also have mutual aid agreements with the Worcester Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

    Our prevention services and enforcement responsibilities include:
    • Escort service to and from vehicles on campus and shuttle parking lots
    • Additional security measures when needed
    • Investigative analysis to assign a deterrent force
    • Mobile device registration
    • Professional crowd control and traffic regulation before, during, and after events
    • Residential and office lock-outs (excluding vehicles)
    • Assistance to motorists
    • Emergency planning coordination
    • Money transportation
    • Lost and found
  • Emergency Contact Registration
    In the event of an emergency or injury, Worcester State University officials will need to contact your designated emergency contact. This may be your next of kin, significant other, adult child, or trusted friend. Make it a priority to register—and update—your emergency contact information through your WebAdvisor account.
     
    Weather and Emergency Alerts
    While your email address is automatically registered with Worcester State University’s emergency notification system, you must opt-in to receive text-message notifications. If you opt in, you’ll increase the speed at which you receive WSU-related weather and other emergency alerts. Register your cell phone number to have notifications sent to you via text message.
     
    Identity Theft Prevention

    Our Operation Identification program is designed to help you protect your mobile computing devices—laptops, tablets, and cell phones, for example—while on campus. Not only are these devices at risk of being stolen if left unattended, their disappearance can lead to identity theft. Consider these statistics:

    • 29% of identity theft victims are between the ages of 18 and 29 (according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission).
    • Someone's identity is stolen every 3 seconds (according to the Javelin Strategy & Research 2012 Identity Theft Report).
    • Property theft is the number one crime on college campuses, affecting an estimated 1 in 10 students (according to J.D. Power and Associates).
    • It takes young adults ages 18-24 the longest amount of time to detect identity theft, resulting in this age group losing nearly five times the amount lost by other age groups (according to the Better Business Bureau).

    Step one: Our department will engrave your device with an identifying number.
    Step two: Register your device. If you are a new student, this service is available before you start classes.

    IMMEDIATELY REPORT THEFT OF YOUR MOBILE DEVICE TO UNIVERSITY POLICE.

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