All members of the UVM Police Service team are guardians of the community. Our call is to serve and protect the most diverse community in the State of Vermont. As a progressive leader in Police Services, UVM-PS provides a full array of public educational services, a collaborative approach to defining and addressing community needs and problem solving.
UVM Police Services is a sworn police agency with statewide authority, whose primary role is public safety.
A malicious email can look just like it comes from a financial institution, an e-commerce site, a government agency or any other service or business. It often urges you to act quickly, because your account has been compromised, your order cannot be fulfilled or there is another urgent matter to address. Does it make you think you need to take action right away? This is a common tactic of malicious email.
So you think the email is bogus, what now? Try to verify it with these steps:
- Contact the company directly – using information provided on an account statement, on the company’s official website or on the back of a credit card.
- Search for the company online – but not with information provided in the email. Remember, Google is your friend.
- Spam is the email equivalent of junk mail. Tired of it? Here are ways to reduce spam:
- Enable filters on your email programs: Most internet service providers (ISPs) and email providers offer spam filters; however, depending on the level you set, you may end up blocking emails you want. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your junk folder to ensure the filters are working properly. In-house we take care of a lot of this for you, consider this on your personal accounts!
- Report spam: Most email clients offer ways to mark an email as spam or report instances of spam. Reporting spam will also help to prevent the messages from being directly delivered to your inbox. We can’t stop what we don’t know about!
- Own your online presence: Consider hiding your email address from online profiles and social networking sites or only allowing certain people to view your personal information.
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites (clicking on a link) to collect personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses.
Spam & Phishing on Social Networks
Spam, phishing and other scams aren’t limited to just email. They’re also prevalent on social networking sites. The same rules apply on social networks: When in doubt, throw it out. This rule applies to links in online ads, status updates, tweets and other posts. You can report this type of behavior! Here are ways to report spam and phishing on major social networks:
The 2017 UVM Police Services Customer Service Survey is now live! UVM Police is committed to always striving to improve the services we provide to our community. Your feedback helps us to ensure we continue providing excellent customer service in every aspect of our work, and that we can keep growing and getting better as an organization.
A self-defense course is being offered through UVM Police Services for all UVM women. It is a 12-hour course (held in four 3-hour sessions) designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice, and your body in this course.
The first 3-hour class is lecture style to disseminate information regarding crime awareness and prevention. The next two 3 hour classes are focused on physical self-defense techniques. The final class is a review of the self-defense techniques and simulation (optional) which consist of scenarios allowing the students to use their skills.
Our Commitment to Diversity
UVM's Department of Police Services recognizes that diversity, the differences between people, exists as a driving force in our interactions with people and institutions in the University community. We recognize, as well, that our authority, and ultimately, our institutional existence, is predicated upon the people in our community.
In order to provide the highest quality of police service, we must be committed to the recognition and reflection of that diversity and incorporate its realities into our strategic planning and our day-to-day operations. Moreover, Police Services is committed to the belief that there is an intrinsic worth in all people, an irreducible quality whose protection and benefit is the basis for police service. We believe that the recognition of diversity is no less than the recognition of this worth. A commitment to honor the rights and provide for the needs of all people equally is our expression of this recognition.