May 29, 2015

UCPD Launches New Initiative to Further Outreach Efforts

On Monday, June 1, the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will launch Popcorn with the Police, a new initiative that aims to further UCPD’s outreach efforts and create a new way to engage with students and members of the University community. 

As part of the initiative, the UCPD’s Community Relations Unit (CRU) will take a popcorn machine to a different location either on campus or in the neighboring communities once a week for approximately two hours. While there, UCPD officers will be available to talk with community members and students about UCPD services and hear concerns. The first event is scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Hutchinson Courtyard.

“Popcorn with the Police gives us another way to connect with the community and share safety and crime prevention information,” said Assistant Chief of Police Gloria Graham. “We encourage everyone to stop by and learn about the services we provide and get to know our officers.”

The Popcorn with the Police program aims to build on the outreach efforts of UCPD thus far. On most Fridays throughout the past year, the UCPD has also had an officer staff a table at the Reynolds Club. This presence, at a busy location on campus, has proven to be a successful way to create a dialogue with students, faculty, and staff in an informal setting.

Additional Popcorn with the Police events are scheduled to take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, in front of the Regenstein Library. Details about future Popcorn with the Police locations and dates will be posted on the Department of Safety & Security’s website. If you would like to schedule a Popcorn with the Police event for your group or organization, contact the CRU at 773.702.6008 or ucpd-cru@uchicago.edu.