The UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Safety is committed to community policing, a philosophy that supports building partnerships, proactive problem solving and fostering positive community interactions with the goal of reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life for all students, faculty and staff. As members of the university community, university Police Officers are responsible for identifying, prioritizing and solving problems, issues and concerns.
The Department of Public Safety strives to maintain high-visibility foot patrols and mountain bike patrols to ensure positive community interactions.
Officers work closely with the Office of Residence Life and Housing to help foster a good relationship with its staff and the more than 4,400 resident students on campus. Members are available to make presentations to residence hall groups and to share printed material on crime prevention and safety.
In addition, the department offers two effective educational programs for students, which have received positive feedback both from students and university administrators: