Community Outreach and Support

COAST offers education and prevention services to keep campus safe.

COAST officers provide educational programming to give our students, faculty and staff the tools they need to keep themselves and others safe. Through the Response, Evaluation and Crisis Help (REACH) initiative, COAST social workers co-respond with officers in mental health emergencies, and the REACH team acts as a wraparound service to connect students with established mental health services and ensure they do not slip through the cracks. The COAST therapy K9 teams are one of many ways that our officers extend a supportive hand to our campus community.

Safety presentations

Officers are available to visit your student group, organization, office or may fit into your existing programming to provide campus safety and crime prevention talks and presentations. The University of Illinois Police Department has experts in a number of areas, including alcohol safety and awareness, emergency preparedness, active threat response, or general campus safety.

Therapy K9s

In 2020, the University of Illinois Police Department became one of only a handful of police departments across the country to offer therapy K9s as a community resource, and UIPD’s therapy dogs are one of many outreach initiatives that COAST provides. Lollipop, Archie, Rosie, Kirby and their handlers are available to comfort our students, faculty and staff in times of crisis, or to help students reduce their stress and anxiety during the school year. Therapy K9s are also a great way to prompt good conversations between UIPD officers and community members, helping us to build more relationships with the people we serve.

Response, Evaluation and Crisis Help

REACH is a collaborative team which brings together police officers and mental-health professionals to meet the needs of community members who are experiencing crises. In mental health emergencies, police departments historically have been tasked with making sure that the community member in crisis does not hurt themselves or someone else. The University of Illinois Police Department seeks to take an innovative approach to this challenge. When we receive an emergency call, we send crisis responders (when available) who have a background in social work with police officers. Through this co-responder model, the REACH team can better evaluate and assess the needs of an individual in crisis and make supportive treatment and referral decisions in the moment.

Request a program

If you would like to have an officer or therapy K9 meet with your group, please make this request at least three weeks in advance of the scheduled program.

Though we work to accommodate all requests, we are sometimes limited in our schedule (and the dogs need some down time too). Once we receive the request, someone from COAST will be contacting you to confirm the details.

For therapy K9 requests, we typically prioritize events that have a higher number of attendees or include some kind of safety education component, but we can work with you to meet your needs.