The Marquette University Police Department was commissioned on May 1, 2015, after an agreement with the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Justice and Attorney General’s office. Formerly the Department of Public Safety, MUPD is taking a phased training approach to converting the university’s public safety officers to fully commissioned police officers. Marquette expects to have approximately 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015–16 academic year.
With 90 trained public safety professionals, including 40 sworn police officers, MUPD has an extensive safety infrastructure throughout campus and in the near-off-campus neighborhood, which includes more than 700 cameras, more than 450 Blue Light phones, a state-of-the-art command information center and the nationally recognized Student Safety Programs.
The police officer’s primary role is to prevent crime and the breach of public order. Primary responsibilities include protecting students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, property and facilities from accidents, bodily harm, fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry; enforcing laws and traffic and parking regulations; apprehending violators; providing general information and assistance to the public; conducting criminal investigations; and participating in community-oriented policing efforts.
Public safety officers
Public safety officers are responsible for preventing and suppressing crime, protecting life and property, and preserving peace throughout the Marquette community.
University services officers
University service officers are responsible for protecting the Marquette community and securing Marquette's property. They conduct walking patrols of campus buildings and grounds, provide authorized after-hours access to buildings, and assist public safety officers, as well as campus community members, who have locked keys in cars, need jump-starts or require other assistance.
Communications officers coordinate the department's response to calls for assistance. They monitor the radio communications among officers, answer calls for assistance received via telephone or the Blue Light Phone system and monitor the department's video surveillance systems.