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UWPD plans safety conference

November 18, 2009

The University Police Department will hold its fourth annual Badger Watch Safety Conference from 7:45–3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Memorial Union.

The event is free and open to all campus community members. The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 4.

Breakout sessions will include Basic Badger Watch, Advanced Badger Watch, Community Policing, UW Police Services and CPR. New this year is an Introduction to Self Defense course. Presenters include experts from the UW Police Department, the Law School and Department of Kinesiology.

Those who are not currently Badger Watch volunteers should attend the Basic Badger Watch presentation.

Conference registration is limited to the first 200 people, and the CPR and Introduction to Self Defense sessions have limits on the number of participants.

Those who wish to take the three-hour Introduction to Self Defense course should be in good health and have no physical injuries or limitations that would prevent them from moderate activity. A liability waiver must be signed prior to the class.

Register for the conference online. Use your campus NetID to log in, and then click on Conferences.

Badger Watch, launched in the fall of 2002, is the university’s crime prevention program. It is a collaborative effort between UW Police and more than 1,000 volunteers who help make the campus community a safer place.

For questions about the program, call Officer Erik Pearce, 265-5223,