Community Education and Training

Mental Health First Aid

This groundbreaking public education program helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.This training is an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Those who take the course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. Learn more.

Active Aggressor Response Training

The Appalachian Police Department is offering training to departments and groups on how to respond to an "active aggressor" in the workplace or on campus. This training is approximately 60 - 90 minutes with response techniques and Q&A. This training will help you get in the right mindset if you are ever confronted with an active aggressor. Learn more

Alcohol Awareness

This program is for the entire campus community and provides information on alcohol abuse. The program covers such topics as underage drinking, binge drinking, effects on the body and legal ramifications of alcohol use both on and off campus. A question and answer session concludes the presentation.

Drug Awareness

This program is for the entire campus community and provides information on drug abuse. The program covers such topics as Drug Dogs (to show the student how the dogs work), Drug ID Kit, effects on the body and legal ramifications of drug abuse both on and off campus.

Operation I.D.

This service allows the campus community to check out electric engravers at no charge. The Appalachian Police Department offers advice to faculty, staff and students about which items should be engraved for identification purposes. A property sheet to record identification numbers is also furnished to aid in the recovery of stolen items.


This program is presented to incoming students and their parents, and addresses police related issues on campus as well as APD's programs and resources. Orientation programming is presented several times each year.

Personal Safety Seminars

These seminars are designed to improve safety habits within the student population. Topics include residence hall security, personal safety habits, reporting illegal or suspicious activity, crime on campus and police services. This program allows the student the opportunity to address safety related concerns and to receive an appropriate response.

R.A. and R.D. training

At the beginning of each school year, the Appalachian Police Department assists in training Residence Life staff on campus safety, awareness and all police services. This includes alcohol and drug awareness information and sexual assault protocols.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women and men defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault through easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide people with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. Learn more

Campus Safety Walk

The Appalachian Police Department also supports the annual Student Government Association’s campus safety walk. The purpose of the walk is to survey the adequacy and maintenance of campus lighting and blue light phones, and to see that landscaping near buildings and along walkways does not obscure vision or present other safety hazards. During the walk students can make recommendations to add lighting and blue light emergency phones.

Security Surveys

A service provided to the campus community on request that will help enhance physical security. A survey of the interior and exterior of the facility is conducted to determine vulnerability to criminal activity. A written report is sent to the requester with the recommendations on improving security.

Sexual Assault Awareness

This program is for the entire campus community and addresses acquaintance rape, statistics, victim resources and reporting procedures. APD also provides information about various “date rape” drugs.