Connection Officer

DPS is connecting with our Flint community!

Connection Officer Program

The UM-Flint Department of Public Safety (DPS) has established a community-oriented policing service that we call Connection Officer Program (COP). COP uses a customer service focused approach to meeting the safety needs of the community we serve. Our goal is to be more accessible and approachable by members of our greater community, while providing efficient and effective services to the campus that we serve.

Our community policing philosophy is at the foundation for all of our operational strategies. It emphasizes the establishment of police-community partnerships and a problem-solving approach that is responsive to the needs of our campus community. One of the major objectives of our COP efforts is to establish an active partnership between DPS and the various campus community groups that, while working together, can evaluate problems and design and help implement solutions that are community-based. This requires us to make a conscious effort to create a culture in which our community partners actively and willingly partnership with DPS.

There is a DPS Connection Officer assigned to a number of the large formal groups interacting with the City of Flint. Connection Officers are currently working to build long-lasting and effective relationships built on mutual respect and trust. The Connection Officer Program rests on the ideas of empowerment, creating a sense of joint responsibility and commitment to a safe campus. We recognize and acknowledge that this effort will require time, training and commitment from both our DPS personnel and our community.

Flint Urban Safety Corp

Flint Urban Safety Corps

Making Communities Safer

Mission - Increase public safety through blight reduction and commuity engagement.

Flint Urban Safety Corps is an AmeriCorps program working to implement initiatives to increase public safety by decreasing victimization and encouraging resident engagement in the Flint Community. The interventions employed by our program are intended to reduce blight and support the community by promoting communication among residents and organizations. We will also be working to engage volunteers from across the greater Flint area to stimulate more community service.

For additional information please visit:

Visit the Flint Urban Safety Corps on Facebook @FlintUSC

University Avenue Corridor

The University Avenue Corridor

The University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) is a collaborative effort among stakeholders along University Avenue, Flint, Michigan from McLaren Flint on the West to the University of Michigan-Flint on the East, also bounded by Hurley Medical Center and Whaley Children’s Home on the North and the Flint River to the South. 

Mission: To transform the University Avenue corridor into an attractive and crime-free community that is conducive to sustainable development. 

By signing this MOA, the parties agree to offer its resources to address critical issues facing the above-described area.
Said critical issues are clustered around the following goals:
- Addressing Blight and Crime Hotspots
- Improving Community Health
- Stabilizing Land Use
- Establishing Leisure and Recreational Areas
- Creating and Enhancing Communication Links and
Education in the Area

It is also agreed that “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design” is the organizing principle to be followed in our efforts to address blight and crime hotspots and to stabilize land use in the area.

For additional information on The University Avenue Corridor visit them on Facebook @UACFlint.