The Safety Awareness Expo was established in October 1987 with two area police departments participating. The goal of the Expo is to provide commuter students with the opportunity to meet with their home police department and other safety-related agencies.
In 1996, the idea of combining student clubs and organizations with outside police agencies created a positive atmosphere in which students can interact with police in an informal and fun setting and learn about campus clubs and organizations in one setting.
In 2007, 40 area police agencies, 25 related safety and non-profit agencies and over 20 campus organizations participated in the Expo making it one of the largest events on Sinclair’s downtown campus. In addition, the local media (Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, WDTN-TV, WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV) have actively covered the program.
A partnership with the Sinclair Student Leadership Association (SLA) was established in 1996 in an effort to increase safety awareness among the students, faculty and staff that attend the college and or work at the downtown campus. This unique partnership between a major student organization and the campus police was recognized by the State of Ohio in 1997 when the department was awarded the Ohio Crime Prevention Association Best Crime Prevention Unit. The Miami Crime Prevention Association has served as the event's prime sponsor since 1998.
The Expo encompasses a mix of annual events along with new activities each year. Annual activities include an appearance by McGruff, a K-9 demonstration, a police bicycle demonstration, a trade exposition involving over 40 Miami Valley police and sheriff departments, victim/witness advocate organizations, a police and fire vehicle show, and an appearance by the local police band, Knight Blaze.
Student clubs and organizations also set up informational displays and sell food for make money for their group. The event is held outside and special attention is given to inter-mix the law enforcement agencies among the clubs to enhance our unique partnership.
Perhaps the best measure of success can be attributed to the fact that Sinclair’s crime rate has remained relatively low (despite record enrollments) compared to area state colleges and universities. Overall, the Expo has helped the department publicize its community-based policing program, promote its 24-hour escort service, property engraving service, vehicle assistance program, and crime prevention education activities.
Overall, the Expo has enhanced its partnerships among different clubs and offices on campus that was non-existent 15 years ago. For example, the department has established closer ties with Aramark, Inc. (the campus food vendor), the Sinclair Bookstore, the Clarion newspaper, the Substance Abuse Resource Center, the Sinclair Alumni Association, the Emergency Medical Services Program and the Criminal Justice Department.
The department has also improved its partnerships with outside organizations as well, including the Dayton Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and many others due to the growing success of the Expo