Consider participating in the statewide tornado drill, Thursday, April 16

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting a virtual tornado drill this year on Thursday, April 16. There will not be a test tornado watch or warning that comes out of the NWS office in Wisconsin or Minnesota. So, no Emergency Alert System (EAS) message will be sent to TV/radio or alerting on NOAA Weather Radio. Also, WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) will not go off on cell phones.

Instead, the NWS asks everyone to take 15 minutes (at 1:45 p.m. if possible), which was when the test tornado warning was supposed to go out) to practice their own tornado and severe weather safety plans with co-workers and family members.

UW-Green Bay police officer awarded Trailblazer Award | Insight on Business

“Eight women from across the region were selected by a panel of judges to receive the inaugural Insight Women of Influence Awards.” Cynthia Estrup, a police officer for the UW-Green Bay, was award the Trailblazer Award, which will be handed out to her at the March 31 , 2020 luncheon event at the Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah, Wis. More via Women of Influence winners announced | Insight on Business.

Sgt. Dave Jones Takes Over as UW-Green Bay’s Chief of Police

Green Bay, Wis. — Sgt. Dave Jones, the emergency manager and investigative supervisor for UW-Green Bay Public Safety, has been named UW-Green Bay’s Chief of Police, replacing Tom Kujawa who retired in April 2019. Lieutenant Jeff Gross has served in the role of interim chief since Kujawa’s retirement.

Sgt. Dave Jones, UW-Green Bay Chief of Police

Jones, a veteran of the United States Air Force, will be officially sworn in to office and begins his official role as chief on Monday, August 5, 2019. The dedicated law enforcement official has 26 years of experience in the field and has been with UW-Green Bay since 2014. His background is a unique blend of federal, municipal, military and university law enforcement experience.

Jones has experience in felony level investigations, multi-million-dollar operating budgets and the supervision of dozens of law enforcement personnel. He previously served as the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy, and as the Criminal Justice Program Chair for a private university, leading to a strong background in policing in the academic environment.

    Chancellor Miller and newly sworn in Chief of Police Dave Jones.
Chancellor Miller and newly sworn in
Chief of Police Dave Jones.

Jones said he is honored and humbled by the appointment.

“I am extremely honored to serve as chief of police for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” he says. “The University Police Department takes pride in working together with members of our campus community to ensure that UW-Green Bay is a safe place to live, work, learn and grow. I am very humbled by this opportunity. GO PHOENIX!“

Jones has a strong understanding of university specific issues to include the Clery Act, Title IX, FERPA, HIPAA, bias incidents as well as student-focused community policing. He serves as the UW-Green Bay liaison to area law enforcement partners and holds key positions on joint teams (Brown County Child Abduction Response Team, Brown County Field Force Team, Wisconsin State Threat Liaison Officer, etc.). In the past year, he has been responsible for all law enforcement/emergency management coordination of the UW-Green Bay Project Coastal (Marinette, Sheboygan and Manitowoc campuses).

UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Sheryl Van Gruensven, said that after reviewing a number of excellent candidates, what was obvious to the search-and-screen committee, was Jones’ depth of experience, extensive community connections and collaborative spirit that make him an ideal fit for the future of UW-Green Bay Police.

“Dave’s extensive experience and his vision for a safe learning environment together with strong customer service and a focus on community policing make him an excellent choice to serve as UW-Green Bay’s next chief,” Van Gruensven said.

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A group gathered to see Jones swear in on August 5, 2019
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Sgt. Dave Jones, UW-Green Bay Chief of Police

Jones has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, American Military University, WV 2010; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, American Military University, WV 2006; an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Science, Community College of the Air Force, 1998 and an Associates Degree in Radiology, Community College of the Air Force, 1994.

He has received a number of awards and commendations through his career. Among them:

  • Senior Special Agent of the Year 2008
  • Lance Sijan Leadership Award 2007
  • Senior Special Agent of the Year 2006
  • UW-Green Bay Police Achievement in Criminal Investigation Ribbon (2017)



GB Alert cell phone notifications

Did you get the storm warning messages? If not, sign-up for GB Alert

The severe weather over the weekend is a good reminder for members of the University community to ensure they are signed up for GB Alert. Users subscribed to Green Bay or Manitowoc campus alerts would have received Tornado Warning messages. If you did not receive these alerts and are members of these campus communities, you may want to sign up/edit your account.

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses (Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan) no longer utilize Rave to send emergency notifications (including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats). If you had been a Rave subscriber and have not signed up for GB Alert, you will need to do so. This does not occur automatically.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students may edit or view their GB Alert account by logging in.

See GB Alert FAQ. You may direct further questions to or call 920-465-2300 ext. 2.


Public Safety: Click It or Ticket Seat Belt safety mobilization taking place May 20 through June 2

Message from UW-Green Bay Public Safety:

To prevent traffic deaths and injuries, UW-Green Bay Police and Wisconsin law enforcement will giving “final exams” (or substitute educating) to anyone not wearing a seat belt during the annual Click It or Ticket Seat Belt safety mobilization from May 20 through June 2, 2019. Daily use of seat belts is the most effective way to protect people from injuries and we want all our Phoenix to stay safe and get 100% on this exam. Please encourage anyone in your vehicle to buckle up to pass the safety exam with a perfect score.

In another matter: Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Police, awarded $12,000 in equipment grants for past participation in three national highway traffic safety campaigns and will purchase officer body cameras, squad mounted cameras, and portable breath testing devices to continue their safety focus and to keep UW-Green Bay an excellent play to learn, live and work. Good Luck with finals and have a safe summer.

Go Phoenix!

UW-Green Bay Police

Branch campuses transition from Rave to GB Alert

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses will no longer receive emergency notification from Rave, the emergency notification system of the former UW Colleges. If you had been a Rave subscriber (faculty, staff and students) at UW-Green Bay campuses at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, you need to sign-up for GB Alert to ensure you continue to receive emergency notifications, including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats. You will not automatically be signed up. Rave alerts will continue to be sent through July 1, 2019.

If you are already a GB Alert subscriber that spends time at other campuses, you may sign-up for additional lists to receive emergency notification customized to you.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students, you may edit or view your GB Alert account by logging in.

For more information, please see your UW-Green Bay email inbox. Questions may also be directed to


Public Safety offers free self-defense class for students, faculty or staff, Thursday, April 4

Take a free self-defense class for UW-Green Bay students faculty or staff, Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. It is limited to 16 participants. This class provides self-defense awareness strategies and hands-on instruction in several protective techniques. The class includes physical activity, and participants are encouraged to wear workout type of clothing. Participants are involved in simulated training exercises to utilize the new skills they have learned. Participants must register by email prior to the event, and sign a waiver provided at the time of training, prior to participation. Participants must be 18 years or older. You will be notified by email of your acceptance into the training. To sign up email Officer Chris Roeske at



Mark your calendar: Tornado drill is Thursday, April 11

On Thursday, April 11, 2019 between 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., there will be a statewide tornado drill and as a campus we participate in the drill. Please heed instruction from UW-Green Bay Public Safety. Before the tornado drill, discuss within your office, your classroom or your staff as to where you could go in the event of a tornado warning. What will happen during the Tornado Drill:

At 1 p.m. a mock tornado watch will be issued, which means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop and you should monitor weather conditions via local media or national weather service. In the event of a tornado watch no siren or public address message will sound.

 At 1:45 p.m. a mock tornado warning will be issued, which means a tornado has been sighted in the area:

  • If you are outside you should hear the tornado sirens emit a steady tone for three minutes.
  • UW-Green Bay Public Safety will send out the warning using several of campus warning systems: public address announcement, text message (GB Alert), and a pop up message on your computer alerting you of the mock tornado drill, and requesting that you seek immediate cover. In seeking cover you should:
  • Evacuate to an interior room or hallway, and on the lowest level if it is safe to do so.
    Stay away from windows, glass, and large open areas.
    Protect your head and face; get under a steady surface or structure if one is available.
  • Once in a safe location tune into local media or the National Weather Service via radio or computer if available.
  • You should remain in a shelter area for five minutes
  • Five minutes after the mock warning is sounded, a mock all clear will be given and the warning sirens, public address announcement and text message (GB Alert) will be activated ending the mock tornado drill.
  • If you do not receive a mock all clear notice after five minutes, you should return to your normal work or activity.

NOTE: Brown County Emergency Management will be conducting an evening drill in various areas at 6:45 p.m. The campus will not be participating in the evening drill, however, you will hear the county-wide sirens at 6:45 p.m.

If you have not signed up for GB Alert, the emergency text messaging system, you can do so by visiting the GB Alert information and sign up page.

If you do not hear the mock tornado drill announcement or the announcement was not loud enough, please report to Public Safety as to the concern and where you were at the time of the announcement. For additional information about what to do in the event of a Tornado/Severe Weather or other emergencies go to the University’s Emergency Plan.

Another great resource for tornado preparation is Ready Wisconsin at: