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Dear Marquette faculty, staff and students,

As I’m sure you’re all aware, our university staff has been extensively researching the future of safety and security at Marquette. Specifically we have been studying commissioning the Marquette Department of Public Safety as a police department. Today I want to share with you the important news that I recently signed an agreement with the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Justice and Attorney General Brad Schimel that officially establishes the Marquette University Police Department, effective May 1.

This action has taken place after a year of gathering and considering intensive feedback from many of you, and I thank you for your thoughtful, constructive insight. We also received feedback from key community stakeholders, including the offices of the Milwaukee County District Attorney, Milwaukee County Sheriff and Milwaukee Police Department.

As a university, we thoroughly educate students and strongly support the continuing education of faculty and staff, so we are taking very seriously our responsibility to provide the same comprehensive approach to further educate and prepare our officers for service to our community. To that end, the transition to the Marquette University Police Department will occur over the summer to accommodate the necessary officer training and certification requirements.

The new department will take a phased training approach to convert the university’s public safety officers to fully commissioned police officers. We expect to have approximately 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Chief Paul Mascari will be sworn in the morning of May 1, and he will swear in 19 current DPS officers later that day.

I encourage you to read more on the intensive professional and mission-oriented training each of our officers will receive in the official university news release, which will be posted to shortly.

Lastly, I want to thank Chief Mascari, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Chris Miller and Associate General Counsel Doug Smith for their leadership in this effort.

The safety and security of our campus community is of the utmost importance, and I know the Marquette University Police Department will continue to serve us at a high level and in ways that are consistent with our mission and Guiding Values.


Dr. Michael R. Lovell

Marquette University

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