UHLC students offered safety tips during 'Coffee with a Cop' 

UH Police Department Lt. Chad Leveritt jokes with students and staff while delivering a serious message about campus safety.

University of Houston Police Department Lt. Chad Leveritt provides an update on campus security Tuesday at the Law Center.

Sgt. Dina Padovan answers questions from the Law Center community and serves coffee and donuts during "Coffee with a Cop" in the Commons.

Nov. 15, 2016 — University of Houston Law Center students voiced their concerns and listened to advice about campus security Monday as UH police officers hosted a session of "Coffee with a Cop."
Chad Leveritt, patrol lieutenant and training coordinator, said in terms of overall safety, the UH campus is "doing very well, especially in comparison with other universities in the state." Most crimes involve theft or criminal mischief.

The key, he told students, is to be aware of their surroundings. "Students leave class and immediately put in their ear buds or walk around looking at their phones," he said, making it easy for someone to walk by, grab the phone, purse or laptop and run off.

Leveritt said students expressed concerns about what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus.

He suggested they sign up for the department's two-hour safety class based, in part, on the acronym ADD: "Avoid," get out of the area as quickly and safely as possible; "Deny," if you cannot avoid the situation, get into a room or area where you can prevent the gunman from getting to you; and, "Defend," do not be passive, use anything available to attack the attacker, stab, kick, hit him/her with a laptop.

Sgt. Dina Padovan, crime prevention coordinator, said the department has held security sessions on a campus-wide basis, but the "chat" at the Law Center was the first in a continuing series of events planned at individual colleges.

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