Awareness Programs

Intended Audience

Our programming is designed to address a wide variety of age groups, lifestyles, and venues. We will provide specialized information depending on audience needs if given advance notice. Most facilities will accommodate our needs, however, facilities with audio visual aid are encouraged. Realize that certain activities have longer time elements involved and in order to remain efficient we request group size to be around 25. With advance notice and planning larger groups beyond 25 can be accommodated.

Program Requests

Program requests should be made within a minimum of two weeks from the date of the event. Pre-planning for events is highly encouraged. Last minute requests may not be accommodated.  


Advertising for the programs will be the responsibility of those who request the program. Posters, electronic invites, mailbox inserts, and face-to-face invitations are highly encouraged. Organizers of the event should understand that they sponsor refreshments, food, and any other cost associated with programs or events unless otherwise discussed.

Program Options

Please browse the list of possible programs below. Contact a community police officer for more information. 


Besides feeling buzzed, how does alcohol really effect the human body? Learn about short and long-term effects of alcohol consumption along with safe consumption practices. Experience the dangers and consequences related to drinking and driving with our “drunk” goggles Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch.

Screenshot from Mario Kart 8 game showing Mario character on a vehicle with a colorful background


Did you know larceny is the number one crime on campus? Have you heard of the Laker Guardian app? GVPD will teach you the best tips and practices to keep you and your property safe on campus!


Have a road trip planned? GVPD will review the everyday safety items you can keep in your vehicle in case you find yourself in an emergency. Flying nationally or internationally for Spring Break? Learn about safe travel tips to keep you and your friends safe on vacation!

Red background with white text that states, "Keep calm and travel safely."


Phishing, job scams, extortion, romance scams…don’t fall for their tricks! Learn from real police investigations on how you can better protect yourself and not fall for their phony tricks! We’ll teach you signs and clues to look out for to better protect yourself and your money…if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

A black lab dog with a blue collar sitting in the back of a police cruiser with a patch in her mouth that states Explosive Certified, ATF National Odor Recognition Test


Homemade Explosives (HME’s) are becoming more prevalent and due to them being easily accessible, it’s time to educate!  Become more aware as to what is considered suspicious and how to respond if you ever find yourself in the middle of a bomb threat.  See a live demonstration provided by Koda, our explosive detection K9 and learn how she operates!


Did you know in 2018, marijuana use became recreational in the state of Michigan? Did you also know that due to federal funding and laws, use of marijuana is prohibited on campus under GVSU’s Code of Conduct? In 2022, vapes became illegal for people under the age of 21 years to use and possess. Has a friend offered you a late-night Adderall? Using prescription drugs without a prescription is a felony. From recreational drugs to prescription drugs, learn the dangers, facts, and legal ramifications associated.

Clipart of red circle with line through it over top of a marijuana leaf, syringe/needle and pills


This seminar will prepare you to respond from an "all hazards" prospective including fires, medicals, chemical spills, severe weather, calling 911 and the GVSUAlert! system. You will learn to navigate an emergency situation on campus.

Clipart of a smartphone with blue screen and a picture of a shield on the phone. Next to the phone are the words Laker Guardian


This seminar explores the Laker Guardian app which is free to all students. You will see the technology behind the app and learn how to essentially have a blue light phone in your back pocket. We will walk you through downloading, getting registered, and using the app.


Life threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders are not always nearby. Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death not only in mass casualty events, like mass shootings and terrorist attacks, but also everyday events such as a motorcycle crash, or an industrial accident. Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be lifesaving. In this course, you will learn various ways to provide bleeding control to victims. We encourage our Laker community to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in the first few minutes of an emergency before professional help arrives.

White woman's arms and hands crossed over a cylindrical item meant to simulate a person's leg, packing a wound with gauze


This seminar explores how to maintain personal safety and the safety of others through self-empowerment. Does something about a situation not feel right? Are you staying aware of your surroundings? Do you have a plan with your friends for the night out? Empowerment self-defense focuses on preventing situations from occurring by looking for signs that something may be wrong and intervening in a safe way.

Not finding the right program for you?

Let us know what you are looking for and we will work with you to build a customized program that meets your needs. Our intent is to promote awareness within our community to further enhance a safe and secure environment.

Page last modified October 19, 2022