UPPS responds to appalling death of George Floyd
Dear Penn State Community,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of George Floyd and all who are struggling with this intolerable event; we share your sadness and outrage. We in the law enforcement profession can and must do everything in our power to do and be better.
- Support for community policing activities and programming will continue to be a priority, and will be expanded to incorporate more of our staff into the effort;
- We will continue to invest in conflict resolution, de-escalation, and crisis intervention training to reinforce these skills in support of our staff;
- Our diversity, equity and inclusion director will work with our police chief on developing specific plans for building trust and legitimacy, one of the six pillars found in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report; and
- Last fall, we developed and administered a community survey to invite feedback from students and employees regarding campus climate, safety, University Police and our programs and services. The results of that survey, which will be released soon, will help inform our future community policing strategy and programming.
We are proud of the service University Police and Public Safety provides to our communities, and just as importantly, how we do it, but even we can do better, and we work on this daily.
Police Chief Joseph Milek
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Iris Richardson