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FEATURES    

DPS is proud to announce the release of our video, Safety at UH Mānoa! This video provides a quick overview of information you need to stay safe on campus. We encourage our community to view this video to learn how you can protect yourself and your personal property on campus. We hope you enjoy!


(To view this video with closed captioning, open the video in YouTube, and click the "cc" icon at the bottom of the video player)

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NEWS    

DPS Seeking Participants for Upboming Active Shooter Exercise

Dear UH Mānoa Faculty, Staff and Students,

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a campus wide lockdown/shelter-in-place training exercise on Tuesday, August 20 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The exercise will also include a law enforcement response within Murakami Stadium on lower campus at UH Mānoa. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other local law enforcement agencies will be on campus to participate. The goal of the exercise is to prepare students, employees, and local law enforcement in the event of a campus emergency that requires lockdown or shelter-in-place.

While we plan to provide more information about the exercise as the date approaches, DPS is seeking current UH Mānoa students and employees who wish to volunteer to participate as victims, witnesses, and bystanders for the scenario.  Your participation gives first responders and law enforcement a realistic opportunity to practice with actual people in the area during the exercise. If you are interested in participating, please read the following information carefully:

Participants should expect to attend the exercise at Murakami Stadium between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, August 20, although some participants may be released before noon (depending on your assigned role).

If you are interested in participating, you must attend one of our upcoming Active Shooter Awareness & Response training sessions offered throughout the month of July and early August (see links below). Space is limited, so you must register for a course in order to attend. Even if you decide not to participate in the exercise, you can still attend the Active Shooter Awareness & Response Training. If you do not attend one of these sessions, you will not be permitted to participate in the exercise. Even if you have taken this training in the past, you must do so again, as this particular training session will include specific information about the exercise and a safety briefing so all participants can know what to expect.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants must be a current student or employee of UH Mānoa, and to ensure the safety of all, no exceptions will be made. STUDENTS must bring a current UH ID to the training and the exercise to participate. For EMPLOYEES, we understand that some employees do not have an employee ID - we will verify employment through your department, but if you have a UH or department ID, please bring it with you to speed up the process. We will not allow any recording devices or cameras during the training, debriefing, or exercise.

Active Shooter Awareness & Response Training and Exercise Brief (click on the corresponding link to register):

UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety is thankful for your support, and we hope that you will join us. Please direct any questions about these training sessions to srice@hawaii.edu.

Sincerely,

UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety


Vehicle Robbery near John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kakaʻako

Today, Tuesday, June 4, a robbery of a vehicle was reported from this past weekend, near John A. Burns School of Medicine in the Kakaʻako area. The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, on Ilalo Street. As the victim opened the vehicle's passenger door to retrieve items, they noticed an unknown male sitting in the driver’s seat of their vehicle. The male quickly drove off in the vehicle, leaving the victim behind and causing her to fall. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police. There is no suspect description at this time, but the vehicle was later recovered.

This notification is to serve as a reminder for safety tips and services available to members of our campus community. If you are the victim or witness of a crime on campus, please contact the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at(808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911.

Remember:

  • It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
  • Responsibility is with the perpetrator, not the victim -- no one deserves, asks for or provokes robbery or assault.
  • UHM provides counseling services to students. Please contact the Counseling & Student Development Center at (808) 956-7927
  • For faculty and staff who need counseling services, please contact your Human Resources representative, who can direct you to any counseling services which may be available through your Employee Assistance Program.

Although the victim is never at fault, prioritizing one's personal safety is recommended. Here are a few tips from DPS that can help you to stay safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, look assertive, and keep a safe distance from strangers.
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
  • Trust your intuition - if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Keep any valuables in your vehicle out of sight and/or locked away. If possible, do not keep valuable items unattended in your vehicle.
  • Utilize safe campus transportation resources. On main UH Mānoa campus, call (808) 956-SAFE (7233) for our Safety Escort Service, which is available 7 days a week, from dusk until dawn. If you are a student or employee at JABSOM or UH Cancer Center, you can call (808) 586-3015 (UHCC) or (808) 692-0911 (JABSOM) to request a safety escort to your vehicle.
  • Download the Mānoa Guardian app and use the Safety Timer feature to notify family, friends, or DPS staff if you are walking alone or in an unfamiliar place on campus. More information: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/manoaguardian.html
  • If you feel that you or others are in danger, look for a blue light Emergency Call Box, call DPS at(808) 956-6911, or call HPD at 911.
  • To report suspicious, illegal, or unusual activity on campus, call DPS at(808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.

Burglary of Mechanical Room (Basement) at Bilger Hall

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, a burglary was reported from a mechanical room in the basement of Bilger Hall. The burglary occurred between the afternoon of Thursday, May 23 and 4:30 p.m. yesterday, May 28, 2019. Entry was made by prying the door open, and tools and equipment were reported stolen. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police. There is no suspect description at this time.

If you have any information, please contact the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911. DPS wants to remind those with storage sheds and unoccupied storage rooms to secure these areas, especially during the summer when these areas may not be used or checked as often. Here are a few tips that may help to ensure a secured storage area:

  • Contact us if you observe suspicious people, vehicles, or activity on campus. While the term "suspicious" may mean different things to different people, we urge our community to contact us even if they aren't sure whether or not something seems out of place. If you see something, say something by immediately calling DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911 so an officer can respond to check the location.
  • Do not lend keys to others in your department or building — if a key is lost or stolen, immediately report it to your department or building coordinator.
  • To ensure access is limited only to those with permission, ensure that your department has a system for checking out and returning keys to any office areas.
  • Always ensure that your office or storage area is locked, even if you only plan to be away for a few minutes. Never leave an unlocked storage area or office unattended.
  • Install a locking bar to span the front of any storage shed, ensuring that it spans all doors on the shed. There are many locking bar options which are easy to install and can be found online.
  • If your shed or storage area has windows with a screen or jealousies, consider installing a secure window that cannot easily be cut or removed. Use a high-quality lock that cannot easily be compromised by bolt cutters.
  • Consider installing security cameras or alarms on any storage areas, especially if they are not visited or seen every day.
  • Regularly check on storage areas — sometimes DPS receives reports of burglaries from sheds that have not been checked for several days or weeks, making the time of the burglary difficult to determine.
  • If multiple people have access to a storage room or unit, ensure that everyone follows the same protocols for keeping the area secure.
  • Keep an inventory of items in the storage unit and be sure to update the list each time something is removed or replaced. Keep serial numbers of any higher-priced items or equipment, to ensure that property can be returned to you if recovered. Even better, avoid storing expensive items in an outdoor storage shed. If possible, store these items indoors in a secured room.
  • If your office has code or key card access, ensure that each person is given a unique card or code, and that codes or cards are deactivated or changed when the person leaves employment with your department.
  • If you believe that your office or apartment has been entered, it is important for your safety that you do not enter the area. Immediately call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.
  • If you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual wandering in an area without legitimate business, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.

Burglary at Mauka Faculty Kauʻiokahaloa Nui Apartments

Today, Saturday, May 18, 2019, a burglary was reported involving an apartment at the Mauka Faculty Kauʻiokahaloa Nui Apartments. The burglary occurred between 12:00 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. yesterday, May 17, 2019. Entry was made through a window. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police. There is no suspect description at this time.

If you have any information, please contact the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911.

  • Always lock all doors and windows, even while napping or taking quick trips away from home or your office. If you live in a residence hall, always ensure that your door is secure when you exit the room, even if only for a few minutes.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed.
  • Whenever possible, keep valuables secured, and out of sight,and/or locked away.
  • If you lose the key to your home or apartment, notify your landlord immediately for possible lock change. If you are a resident of Student Housing at UH Mānoa, report a lost or stolen key immediately so the old key can be deactivated and a new key can be issued.
  • If you live in a residence hall, do not let anyone into the building. At UH Mānoa, all residents have keys and should access the building with their key. Any guests should enter the building with their resident host and be accompanied by their host at all times.
  • Sign up for UH Alert to receive text message notifications for on-campus emergencies. Visit https://www.hawaii.edu/alert/ to register.
  • To report suspicious people, suspicious vehicles and illegal or unusual activity, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.