UNCG Police

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Police Sgt. Jaime Jay Young

February 10, 1978 – February 25, 2024

Jaime “JJ” Young, 46, passed away on February 25th, 2024, at his residence in Kernersville, NC, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 10, 1978, in Fort Plain, NY to Leo and Lois Young who preceded him in death. Jaime is survived by the love of his life, Amy Beth Young, whom he married in 2012, his children, Gracie James Young (8), and Maverick Wyatt Young (7). His sisters, Robin Higgins (Eric), children Garrett and Ryan Goettel, Stacy Hastings (Steve), children Christa Tevepaugh, Patrick and Eric Hastings, sister-in-law Sharon Clarke (Dominic), in-laws Edward Dembrosky Jr. and Joann Dembrosky, and 7 cousins.

As part of Jaime’s MPA program he was asked to write his obituary. His family has incorporated it throughout. It’s tough to find a starting point when it comes to Jaime. The loss of his father at a very young age affected him for many years, however, his mother and his sisters did an outstanding job raising him to be the man everyone that met him came to love. Jaime loved sports and played just about every sport you can imagine, especially soccer. He also loved helping his neighbors and you could often find him mowing or shoveling snow for them. Jaime graduated from Fort Plain High School and LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY where he received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. His dream was to be in the FBI; however, his path took a different turn. After college, Jaime managed a very successful restaurant, the Blue Water Grill in Baldwinsville, NY. He had numerous regulars and was well known for his homemade “Cosmopolitan”. After wanting more normal hours and the opportunity to start a family, Jaime received a special delivery from UPS and the opportunity to join their sales division. Jaime spent 8 years there receiving multiple promotions. It was during this time he met the love of his life, Amy. In 2008, it was fate that brought them together at NASCAR in Watkins Glen, and Jaime always teased Amy that he had to track her down that night. Jaime and Amy were married 12 years.

Jaime and Amy decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to family. It was shortly after that move that Amy suggested Jaime do something he always aspired to do; start a career in law enforcement. Jaime went to training and came out at the top of his class. He decided to work at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Jaime said that he once was a college student that made mistakes, he wanted to help and guide others and do his best to keep them safe and out of trouble. Jaime went above and beyond to set a good example for those around him; at the age of 42 he went back to college for his Master of Public Administration degree. Jaime can  graduate in May with his MPA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Jaime enjoyed a long but not long enough illustrious career at UNCG. During his career with the UNCG Police Department, Jaime served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, behavioral assessment team member, accreditation manager, and patrol sergeant. In 2019, Jaime received Officer of the Year at the UNCG Police Department and in 2020, he was recognized as the UNC System Officer of the Year for outstanding and exceptional service. Jaime was a friendly, compassionate and driven law enforcement professional who had an immense impact on the department and the university. He will always be remembered on campus for his warm smile and genuinely caring spirit.

While Jaime loved where he worked and what he did, his children were his everything.

Jaime went to his children’s schools on Professional Day and discussed with the class about being a police officer and a public servant. Jaime was a coach for Gracie and Maverick’s T-ball teams. Jaime and his family are members of the Main Street Methodist Church in Kernersville.

Jaime’s Celebration of Life service will be at the Main Street Methodist Church, 306 South Main Street in Kernersville at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 7th. Burial will follow at the church cemetery next door. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Jaime Young’s gofundme for Gracie and Mavericks college education, American Colon Cancer Society, or Liberty Homecare & Hospice Services.

Online condolences may be made through Triad Cremation & Funeral Service’s website


With the fall semester in full swing, staying safe on campus is extremely important – follow these simple tips to stay Spartan Safe at UNCG.

UNCG student walks across Tate St.


When walking around campus (and around Greensboro) – make sure you are staying aware of your surroundings. Use designated crosswalks and look up from your mobile device when crossing the street. When you are at a crosswalk with a pedestrian call button, press it. Do not cross until you are given the okay and drivers are aware you are crossing the street.


After you park on campus, lock your car, and make sure your valuables are not visible. A good rule of thumb is to put the valuables in the trunk.

If you want extra protection for your possessions, UNCG Police can provide an official marking for textbooks and other items in the event that they are stolen, and someone attempts to resell them.

Read More at https://www.uncg.edu/news/simple-spartan-safe-tips-the-fall-semester/

UNC Greensboro Police’s Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class seems straight forward from the name, but instructor Kristi Reese ‘06 says it’s more than what it seems.

“It’s learning what you can do with your personal weapons, with your body,” says Reese, who is also an ITS Analyst for UNCG Public Safety and Police. “Not being able to or not having to depend on somebody, or something else, to help protect you in a time of need.”

R.A.D. instructor Kristi Reese (in background) goes through a simulation with a R.A.D. participant.


R.A.D. is a 12-hour class taught over three to four nights. Participants first go through the basics class, and once they finish, they can move to the longer advanced course.

Ninety percent of self defense education is knowing the four “risks” of personal safety, including risk reduction strategies, like paying attention to exits and what to do when you’re in a specific area like an elevator. The course also includes physical training, such as blocking, knee strikes, and getting out of different chokes.

The class also teaches compliance. Reese says sometimes compliance with an attacker may be the only option, so understanding what to do in that situation is important.

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The safety and well-being of our Spartans and visitors is a top priority of UNCG, and maintaining a safe campus is everyone’s responsibility. That’s why we are enhancing our public safety technologies – putting innovative safety tools right in the palm of your hand.

UNCG announces the launch of the new Spartan Safe App. The Spartan Safe App will replace the LiveSafe app, which will be discontinued on May 8. The Spartan Safe App provides many new and improved safety tools and features in a user-friendly digital environment.

Through the Spartan Safe App, you have quick access to:

The campus map feature on the Spartan safety app.
  • Friend Walk: The Friend Walk feature allows you to share your location with a family member or friend so they can remotely monitor your location while you walk to your destination and ensure you arrive safely. No need to walk alone!
  • Mobile BlueLight: When you activate the Mobile BlueLight emergency feature on campus, it shares your location with a UNCG Police dispatcher and then prompts you to call to UNCG Police. No longer is the call for help tied to a physical bluelight location. If you need help, you can call from wherever you are on campus.
  • Report a Tip: Have something to report? This feature provides you with several options to contact UNCG Police – including options to remain anonymous.
  • Take Action Guides: What do you do in an emergency? The Spartan Safe App has you covered. Check out the guides and tips on what to do so you can be prepared before an emergency occurs.

To accompany the Spartan Safe App, we have created the Spartan Safe website that provides additional safety information and emergency alert messages. The Spartan Safe website will serve as a one-stop-shop for safety information and will replace the Spartan Alert website.

 On campus, you will see approximately 50 Blue Light towers being converted into Spartan Safe stanchions. These stanchions will have security cameras and a QR code to make a direct call to UNCG Police from your smart phone. The remaining towers will be decommissioned and removed during the summer.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please download the Spartan Safe App by visiting the Google Play or Apple App Store today and do your part to keep everyone Spartan Safe.

When you see a smiling dog wagging its tail, you usually also smile or maybe even give them a hug. At UNCG, the dog will hug you right back.

Odin, UNCG Police’s two-year-old Belgian Tervuren comfort dog, helps students through the stressors of college. 

“Other law enforcement agencies have found tremendous success through comfort dogs, especially with outreach to the community and also helping those in need that are going through stressful times,” says Officer Zachary Lynch, a community resource officer and Odin’s handler. 


With his big, fluffy coat, pointy nose and “Best Friend” harness, Odin is all about getting attention. Officer Lynch walks Odin around the university so students have the chance to meet him. 

“A lot of people love dogs when they’re stressed, especially one as goofy as Odin,” Lynch says 


Odin may be all about fun and furry comfort, but his counterpart Felix has to get down to business. 

Felix is a dual-purpose patrol dog that helps UNCG Police and the entire community with a variety of safety needs.

“His job can be busy at times,” says Officer Maddie Austin, Felix’s handler. “We try to stay on our toes and be proactive as much as we can.”

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Each year, campus tours bring in the next fresh faces of UNCG and their folks. Since students usually keep a poker face, the oohs and aahs of parents become a primary measure of a college’s reputation. 

“Students tend to ask questions that revolve around things to do on campus and Greensboro life,” says sophomore Hailey Todd, a UNCG campus tour guide since spring 2022. ”Parents ask questions centered around safety and logistics.” 

With campus safety at the top of the list, here are five campus features that future Spartan parents are bragging about this year. 


Parents love that UNCG takes a multi-level approach to keeping its students safe by channeling technology and practical answers to student safety. The campus has its own police station perfectly located across from the Kaplan Wellness Center and residence halls cannot be entered without a Spartan card. 

Spartan Alerts quickly communicate danger on campus and apps connect students to safety measures through their phones. On May 8, 2023 UNCG’s LiveSafe app will be replaced with Spartan Safe. This new app has improved digital features like Friend Walk which shares student location with friends and family members and Mobile Blue Light which immediately connects students with the police in case of emergency. These safety measures give families a sense of security as teenagers embark on independent living on a college campus.

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  1. The Counseling Center is full.”   In fact, the model of the Counseling Center is completely built around access.   To that end, there is a walk in counselor available every day and on-call services available 24/7.  While students are not typically seen weekly, they will receive support, assessment, referral either to individual counseling here (usually on a biweekly or triweekly basis), referral to therapy or support groups, referral to our workshops, referral to off-campus providers who can offer specialty care on a weekly basis or sometimes to our partner training clinics–the Vacc Clinic or the Psychology Clinic. We currently even have a grant to financially support students who may need off-campus care. Finally, like walk-in same day services, Counseling Center workshops provide students with weekly open access services focused on some of their most pressing concerns, such as stress and anxiety.  
  2. “The Counseling Center does not provide services in the summer.” We are open and offer services all summer for enrolled students or grad students engaged in research activities.  Toward the end of the semester, we offer all same-day or next day services and are focused on assessment and workshops since we would not have an adequate window to start counseling with students who are leaving in a couple of weeks.  Students continuing at school during the summer would be able to start and continue services.  
  3. You need insurance to access the Counseling Center.”  Our counseling services are free of charge.  There is insurance billing for psychiatric medication prescribing and management.  Student Blue covers this so that students have no copayment.
  4. “You can’t transfer counselors at the Counseling Center.”  It is not uncommon for a student to transfer to a different counselor upon request.   The CC recognizes that our staff may not comprehensively reflect the diversity of our student body: however, we aspire to create a safe, affirming, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students and the larger campus community.  Often a student may be able to find a better match than the first person they see.  Please let students know that it is ok to talk to their current counselor about seeing someone new or if they are not comfortable with that, to call our front desk who will refer to the person on staff who can help with a transfer.  It may help them to visit the “Meet Our Staff” (https://shs.uncg.edu/cc/staff) page to read our bios and see if they feel a particular person may be a good fit.   

In May 2021 the UNCG Police answered 559 calls for service; mostly for secure / unsecured calls, fire status, trouble alarms, and fire alarms, but also includes; 151 vehicle stops, 41 suspicious activity calls, 3 safety walk, 44 assist other agency, 84 tract checks, 14 check phones, 18 burglary / intrusion alarms, 3 narcotics violations, 10 assist motorist / disabled vehicle, 7 medical calls, 26 assist subjects, 6 larceny, 11 traffic accident, 2 welfare checks, 1 hit and run, 1 assault, 1 mental subject / suicidal subjects, 1 vandalism, 3 discharge firearms, 1 disturbances, 2 harassment, 1 stalking, and 1 trespassing. The officers made 33 arrests to include; 1 speeding, 1 trespassing (second degree), 1 warrant for arrest, 2 simple possession of scheduled vi cs, 7 driving while impaired (dwi), 2 resist, delay or obstruct, 2 careless and reckless, 3 possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia, 1 possession of stolen goods, 1 obtain property by false pretense, 1 felony possession of scheduled i cs, 1 simple possession of marijuana, 1 carrying a conceal weapon, 1 failing to maintain lane control or improper lane change, 1 order for arrest (g.s. 15a-305(b)(3), 1 simple possession of schedule vi cs marijuana, 1 no operator’s / driver’s license, 1 breaking or entering motor vehicle, 1 larceny under $1000, 1 driving with an open container of alcoholic beverage, 1 speeding (infraction), and 1 traveling wrong way on a one way street (20-165.1).

In April 2021 the UNCG Police answered 786 calls for service; mostly for secure / unsecured calls, fire status, trouble alarms, and fire alarms, but also includes; 184 vehicle stops, 58 suspicious activity calls, 23 safety walk, 50 assist other agency, 82 tract checks, 15 check phones, 19 burglary / intrusion alarms, 8 narcotics violations, 23 assist motorist / disabled vehicle, 15 medical calls, 20 assist subjects, 9 larceny, 9 traffic accident, 12 welfare checks, 5 hit and run, 1 assault, 2 mental subject / suicidal subjects, 3 vandalism, 6 discharge firearms, 2 disturbances, 3 harassment, 2 stalking, and 1 trespassing. The officers made 46 arrests to include; 1 identity thefts, 4 order for arrest, 1 speeding, 3 warrant for arrest, 1 felony possession of schedule ii cs, 2 simple possession of scheduled vi cs, 7 driving while impaired (dwi), 1 all other larceny, 1 careless and reckless, 1 carrying a concealed gun / pistol (without permit) (first offense), felony possession of scheduled vi cs, 1 revoked driver’s license, 1 misdemeanor larceny, 1 obtain property by false pretense, 2 fail to stop at scene of crash (misdemeanor), 1 order for arrest (15a-305), 1 fail to burn headlamps or rear lamps, 2 fail to maintain lane control or improper lane change, 1 driving with an open container of alcoholic beverage, 1 possession of drug paraphernalia (other than marijuana), 1 possession with intent to sell and deliver, 1 exceeding posted speed, 1 2 exceeding a safe speed, 1 tampering with a vehicle with intent to steal parts, 1 stop signal (red lights), 1 drive after consuming 21, 1 possession of a stolen firearm, 1 exceeding a safe speed (51 mph in a 35 mph zone), 1 driving after revoked notification, 1 exceeding a posted speed (15 mph over posted speed limit), and 1 financial transaction card theft (14-113.9).