University Police Department hosts ‘Green Dot’ to prevent campus violence
Matt Mertes / Sun Star
The Green Dot Prevention Strategy, or Green Dot, is being taught to several groups on campus. University Student athletes, RAs and RDs, student ambassadors and many of the faculty have been trained in use of Green Dot violence prevention strategies.
UAF Chief of Police, Keith Mallard, believes that this training is very informative and important. He is encouraging more students to take part in the classes.
Green Dot is a program devised by Dorothy J. Edwards. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Women’s University. She spent ten years working around and addressing violence in one shape or another. Edwards was dissatisfied with the methods of violence prevention and awareness that had been taught thus far. The Green Dot program was her way of answering a fundamental question: Are these programs really helping people to not become victims of violence?
According to Mallard, the goal of the Green Dot program is not just to help inform people of the problem of power-based personal violence. He and the instructors, hope to empower citizens with knowledge, to help intervene and prevent volatile situations from escalating to a “point of no return.”
Mallard has worked to help bring this program to the students and staff. He hopes this program can help establish two cultural norms—first being that power-based personal violence is not acceptable and second that, as a community, everyone should try and help prevent it from happening.
“Often times when people think about intervening, the only thing they think about is direct intervention,” Mallard said. “The reality is there are many other things you can do safely.”
Mallard explained that one of the principal concepts of Green Dot is the“Three D’s,” which explains the different ways someone can intervene to deescalate a violent situation. The first D stands for “direct,” intervention, where an individual involves themself directly in a conflict. The second is “delegate.” If a person does not feel comfortable directly confronting a situation, they may find another person to alert. The third D is “distract,” where a person does something to divert attention from a potentially violent situation.
The next Green Dot training class will be held on Feb. 14 from 2-6 p.m, in room 103/105 of the Murie Building.