The department is staffed 365 days per year, 24 hours per day and is a highly trained, professional force that patrols the campus neighborhood in close cooperation with the Milwaukee Police Department. A police substation is located just off campus and staffed by both DPS and MPD officers.
Nearly 200 blue light phones with a direct link to the 24-hour Public Safety Command Information Center are available around campus and in the immediate area. More than 300 cameras located on- and off-campus provide constant surveillance footage to the Command Information Center located in the Public Safety headquarters.
In terms of preventive measures, a number of offices and programs at Marquette are specifically directed at the well-being of students – physically, emotionally and spiritually, as well as academically. These include the Office of Student Development, University Ministry, the Counseling Center, Student Health Service, and the Center for Health Education and Promotion.
Marquette’s location in a large city exposes students to some of the concerns that are a part of urban life anywhere. Our Public Safety Officers, in close cooperation with the Milwaukee Police Department, respond vigorously and actively to any student concern.
The crime rate in the Marquette patrol area is significantly lower than in other urban areas specifically because of the number of university resources committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students and employees.
We want our students to be educated about how to live in a safe and sensible way in our urban community, a community which offers them immeasurable opportunities for employment, internships, cultural activities, education and social interactions.
When a serious crime does occur and suspects remain at large, all students, faculty and staff are notified via email, with information about the incident, suspect and vehicle descriptions, and reminders about basic safety precautions. These safety alerts are also posted on the DPS Web site.
In addition, the department annually publishes, and posts on its Web site, a Safety Resource Guide that includes information about DPS services, crime statistics and the university alcohol and other drugs policy.