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For Immediate Release
September 06, 2017

IPFW's Brilliance Buggy Takes on Riders for Prizes Across Campus

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Police Department will kick off its Brilliance Buggy program Thursday, September 7, at 10 a.m. Brilliance Buggy is the university’s version of the game show Cash Cab and involves university police officers, administrators, and unsuspecting members of the campus community. The idea is to build relationships and increase non-enforcement relationships between the police department and students, faculty, and staff; build and strengthen relationships between administrators and the campus community; educate riders, and have fun.

An officer will drive the police department’s four-seat golf cart accompanied by a university administrator. The two will drive around campus and offer rides to members of the campus community. Once a person is on board, they will become a captive audience member and will be challenged to answer questions for a prize. As the questions increase in difficulty, the rider will be given the opportunity to pull over and ask other people for help.

Topics will include important issues such as alcohol awareness, drug abuse prevention, academic dishonesty, and mental health awareness. There will also be law enforcement questions from the officer and questions from the administrator about his or her area of expertise.

The fun begins Thursday, September 7, with Eric Norman, chief student affairs officer and dean of students, and Captain Eric Chin of the Purdue University Police Department. They will take off at 10 a.m. from Kettler Hall (campus map) at the circle drive on the southeast side of the building, near door #11.

For more information, contact Nicole Hahn, public relations specialist, at 260-760-7409 or