Department of Public Safety

What We Do

dps_mainThe Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides patrol, parking, workplace safety, emergency preparedness and key/lock services. Our Communications Center monitors alarms, maintains campus camera systems, issues parking permits, dispatches calls, and handles the campus switchboard. Our office is located in the Urness/Mortenson lobby (the two tall towers adjacent to I94).

The Department of Public Safety provides first response until emergency assistance is available from Minneapolis police, fire, or medical agencies. To report a fire, medical emergency, or crime in progress, dial x1717 from any campus phone or 612-330-1717 from off campus. Some additional support services provided to the campus community by the Public Safety Department are:

  • Maintain a 24-hour Public Safety Service Desk
  • Provide routine public safety surveillance
  • Provide escort service
  • Maintain proper documentation of services
  • Process reports to appropriate offices
  • Respond to public safety, fire, and maintenance alarm systems
  • Activate assistance as necessary from the Minneapolis police, fire, or medical agencies
  • Maintain campus building access software and lock-ups and maintain campus CCTV recording
  • Enforce campus parking regulations
  • Work with law enforcement agencies to enforce local, state, and federal laws
  • Assist motorists with jump starts