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U of M Police to share safety messages and mingle with students during 'Coffee and Donuts with the Cops' event

Media Note: Media interested in covering should arrive early as donuts go quickly.

What:     University of Minnesota Police to hand out donuts, coffee and safety information

When:     7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22

Where:    Tuesday, March 20: U of M East Bank, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E.,
                Wednesday, March 21: U of M West Bank Skyway, 219 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
                Thursday, March 22: U of M St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul

Contacts: Tim Busse, University Services,, (612) 624-2863
Matt Hodson, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

March 19, 2012

University of Minnesota Police bearing donuts and personal safety messages will greet students from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22 at three locations on the Twin Cities campus.

Provost Karen Hanson will join the police in their efforts to raise awareness about campus safety Tuesday at Coffman Union. President Eric Kaler will lend his support Wednesday from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in the West Bank Skyway. The week’s events will wrap up Thursday, with police handing out donuts inside the St. Paul Student Center.

"Coffee and Donuts with the Cops" is an event where students, police and university leaders can get to know each other and discuss how they can be partners in keeping the campus safe.

"Everyone plays a role in creating a safe environment. Police officers can’t be everywhere at one time, so it's important for students, faculty and staff to be the extra eyes and ears of police and to report suspicious activity or possible crimes," said Greg Hestness, chief of the University of Minnesota Police Department and assistant vice president for public safety.

The university is promoting a variety of safety campaigns this spring, including “Safety is Easy. The Pavement is Hard,” which encourages pedestrians, bikers, and drivers to use extra caution as they navigate campus while Washington Avenue is under construction.

For more information about university initiatives to promote a safe environment, visit:

Tags: Public Safety, All administrative: President, Provost, etc.

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