SUNY Plattsburgh Sponsors Crime Prevention Webinar
PLATTSBURGH, NY (September 14, 2007) - As part of its analysis and implementation of recommendations made by the City-College Commission on "town and gown" relations this summer, SUNY Plattsburgh will host a web presentation, "Innovations Approach to Crime Prevention in Hospitality Zones," on Tuesday, September 18, at 10 a.m., in the Alumni Conference Room in the Angell College Center.
The presentation is open to the campus as well as local community and provides real-world examples of how other cities and towns in the United States have successfully worked to curb crime while at the same time enhanced collaboration between government, police, businesses, schools, and community organizations. For more information, please call 518-564-4825.
The City of Gainesville, Florida is featured in the webinar for its use of bold and edgy marketing as part of a comprehensive, nontraditional program to prevent crime in its "hospitality zones." Primarily targeted at college-age individuals, a typically difficult demographic to impact behaviorally, "eye-catching" techniques include talking urinals as well as messages on ID wristbands and billboards.
This approach is one of many outcomes generated by a collaborative partnership among the police department, local universities' student governments, alcohol and substance abuse coalitions, hospitality stakeholders and community organizations, in an effort to enhance district safety through reduction of DUIs, underage drinking and intoxication.
In addition to the presenters, other Gainesville participants will include University of Florida Student Government representatives and Assistant Professor Dr. Virginia Dodd from the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance, Department of Health Education and Behavior. In June 2006 Dr. Dodd received funding from the Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to address high risk drinking among college students.
This educational opportunity comes on the heels of a successful event this week aimed at students on the dangers of alcohol misuse. Over 800 attended the program, "Last Call: The Ultimate Campus Party" on September 13, in the Angell College Center. The event featured Patti Ramey and Brent Scarpo, a life skills coach based in Palm Springs, Calif., who has made presentations in front of corporation, college and high school audiences in all 50 states and more than 10 countries around the world. He presented "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" on campus in 2001. The result of the "Last Call" event was a highly interactive, fun, and educational program that delivered a powerful message about the role of alcohol in college students' lives.