Jeanne Clery Disclosure and Annual Report
One purpose of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, aka the Clery Act is to encourage the reporting and collection of accurate campus crime statistics to promote crime awareness and enhance campus safety. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel in the Campus Security Authorities (CSA) role is to acknowledge that some community members and students in particular may be hesitant about reporting crimes to the police, but may be more inclined to report incidents to other campus-affiliated individuals.
Letter from the Chief
We are pleased to inform you that we are in the process of growing our department staff as we are hiring both Police Officers and Institutional Security Officers (ISO’s) and have made recent promotions, which has bolstered our supervisory staff, ensuring strong supervision on each shift. We are confident that the department’s new vision will improve safety on campus and prove to be a catalyst toward improving the quality of life for all students, especially our residents. We are equally confident that our efforts will improve student enrollment and retention. It is a fact that when students feel safe, they perform better, and that is what we all want.
In today’s climate, we must acknowledge negative perceptions and try to improve them at every opportunity. This is going to take hard work, dedication, and strong leadership, and we are ready for the challenge. As part of our daily mission, the police officers will foster positive community interactions and build strong relationships with the students, faculty, and staff. We will focus on hiring the “right fit” for our staff, which will help us achieve a department-wide commitment to community policing. This is critical to our hiring strategy.
We are committed to collaborating with stakeholders to identify, prioritize and solve problems together. We will accomplish this through good communication, the development of innovative crime prevention and community policing strategies, and a proactive, approachable presence around campus that will have an immediate and long-lasting positive impact.
John D. Souza
Chief of Police
Active Threat Preparedness Information
Please watch the above Active Threat Training video that offers guidance on decision making during an active shooter situation. Please review the Department of Homeland Security's Active Shooter Event Quick Reference Guide or visit our Active Threat Program website for more information.
Accountable, competent and trustworthy, the UMass Dartmouth Police deliver a proactive, student-centered style of policing, and focus on being a visible and inclusive university partner committed to student education, crime prevention, and serving as the guardians of human life and property for the university community.
As your police department, we endeavor to become leaders in the university policing profession through innovation, training, and by instilling a spirit of service philosophy in our officers. We will commit to the professional development of our staff to ensure strong leadership at every level, and good decision-making. We will honor human dignity and the worth of all individuals by being fair, impartial and trustworthy.
- Emergencies: 508-999-9191 or x9191
- Information: 508-999-8107 or x8107
- Anonymous Tip Line: 508-999-8477 or x8477
Emergency call boxes are located throughout the University. They are part of a two-way radio emergency communication system which provides anyone with a direct communication link to the police dispatcher when activated. Once activated, police personnel are dispatched immediately to offer assistance.
The UMass Dartmouth Police Department 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 UMass Dartmouth Police Department 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.
The goals and objectives of our crime prevention programs are to maintain public awareness of crime on campus, provide preventive safety measures regarding both personal safety and property, proactively review lighting and brush issues on campus and to research new methods to reduce crime and the fear of crime on campus.
An important element in crime prevention is educating members of the campus community on how to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of personal or property crime. For this reason, the department has a certified Crime Prevention Officer/Coordinator dedicated full-time to many crime prevention programs.
- Surviving an Active Shooter event (video)
- Emergency Call Box System
- 9191 Emergency Telephone Service
- Safety Escorts
- New Student/Employee Orientation
- Lost & Found
- Whistle Program
- Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
- Safety Tips Online
- Lighting/Brush Surveys
- Crime Prevention Presentations and Materials
- Valuables Engraving/Operation Identification
- Security Surveys
- What to do if your cell phone is stolen (PDF)
Laptop Theft Prevention Tips
- Never leave your laptop out in the open and unattended.
- Keep doors and windows to your dorm or apartment locked at all times.
- Consider purchasing one of the new theft alarm systems (theft retrieval program / tracking and recovery) made for laptops. Compu-trace, Lojack, etc.
- Back up your information on disks today. Store them at home or office in a safe place.
- Use a cable lock that wraps around a desk or table. Stationary unbreakable object.
- Don't let unaccompanied strangers wander around in your dorm or workplace.
- Apply distinctive paint markings or laptop covers to make your laptop unique and easily identifiable.
- Lock your laptop in your office prior to leaving the office each day.
- Write down the serial number and model number and keep it in a safe secure place.
- Return the completed warranty card to the manufacturer. This may help “flag it” it a thief ever sends it in the maintenance.
- Even in a locker vehicle, never leave a laptop in plain sight.
- Do not prop open your door.
- Do not position laptop visibly in your vehicle where they are subject to a “smash and grab' type theft.
- Back up important data daily.
- Do not leave sensitive data on the computer, example, social security numbers, student information, personal phone numbers, or credit card numbers.
- Use your laptops (USS) Universal Security Slot to attach to a cable and lock and secure it to a stationary unbreakable object.
Review our Fraud Prevention and Scam Safety Information website to learn how to protect yourself from scams.
Recognition of exceptional job performance is always appreciated. The best way to commend the actions of a UMass Dartmouth Police employee is to send an email describing the incident and the actions you think were exceptional. Information such as the date, time and location helps identify the employee if you do not know his or her name.
Commendations are forwarded to the employees with a copy distributed to their supervisor.
General Questions, Comments
To contact the Department with questions or comments about a specific action, or with recommendations on how we can improve, or to acknowledge service excellence by an employee, please call 508-999-8107.
An inquiry or complaint may be made by letter, telephone, email or in person at the UMass Dartmouth Police Station. Persons wishing to make a complaint by telephone should be aware that a signed written complaint will be requested. However, no complaint will be refused because the complainant does not wish to sign a complaint or identify themselves.
Any UMass Dartmouth police officer or dispatcher may accept an initial inquiry or complaint regarding policies or procedures. However, if the inquiry or complaint is about personnel, the on-duty shift supervisor may be contacted. The supervisor will ensure that the inquiry is heard and or directed to the proper authority. If the inquiry or complaint appears to be based on a misunderstanding of acceptable or desired conduct, procedures or practices, the shift supervisor may offer an explanation and offer a resolution to the complainant. If the complainant is not satisfied with the explanation or resolution, the Department will honor your request to have the matter investigated.
The goal of the UMass Dartmouth Police Department is to ensure that the integrity of the department is maintained through a system where objectivity, fairness, and justice are assured by intensive impartial investigation and review.
You may download the Public Safety Complaint Form to assist you in filing a complaint.
Any person requesting to make a complaint against an employee of the Department may come to the station and speak with a supervisor. If the complaint is not handled to your satisfaction, upon request, you will be given a copy of a complaint form to fill out. This form is to be filled out while at the station and is not to leave the UMDPD police station. Complainants may prepare a separate written narrative and attach this to the complaint form. The form is to be submitted to the shift supervisor prior to leaving the station.
Written complaints will be forwarded to the Chief of Police / Director of Public Safety for further review. Complainants will be contacted and advised that the matter is under investigation. Complainants will also be provided with periodic status reports and written notice of the final disposition of the case.
In most instances, investigations will be completed within 30 days unless there are extenuating circumstances. Complainants will be notified of the results of the investigation in writing upon conclusion of the investigation.
The UMass Dartmouth Police Department encourages residents who have unused or expired medications to dispose of them using the MedReturn Box located in the lobby of the police station. The medication return box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and allows residents to safely and anonymously dispose of medications they no longer need free of charge.
Acceptable Medications include:
- Pills, Capsules and Patches
- Prescription Medications
- Prescription Ointments
- Liquid Medicines in unbreakable, leak-proof containers
- Over the Counter Medications
- Pet Medications
Medications should be discarded in their original packaging. Please blackout any personal information on the label.
To request a copy of a UMass Dartmouth Police report, please complete a Police Report Request Form with as much information as possible. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the main police station across from Lot 6 for forwarding to records. All other public record requests should be filed through the UMass System Public Records Request portal.
Requests without the completed form will not be processed.
Note: Report may not be released due to pending or ongoing investigation, per M.G.L.c4s7(26)(f)(1992 ed.)
If you see or hear of something happening which you believe should be brought to the attention of the police, you can report it here by filling out the form linked below. Please provide as much detail as you can about date, time, location, descriptions or names of involved persons, and details of the incident. If vehicles are involved, a license plate and car description would be very useful. It would also be helpful if you would be willing to talk to one of our officers -- if you are willing to help in this way, provide your contact information on the form. Otherwise there is no way to trace who sent the information. If you would rather talk with someone on the phone, call 508-999-8477.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community safe.
The department is composed of professional police, security and public safety personnel. Our police officers are vested with full law enforcement powers and receive the same initial training as municipal law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Officers are required to attend the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee Recruit Academy and are supplemented by ongoing in-service training each year. Each new police recruit receives 8 weeks of field training through a standardized Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP).
- Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles
- National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- College Drinking Prevention: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
- Multi-State Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Center for Addiction
- US College Crime Statistics
- Department of Education - Summary Campus Crime and Security Statistics
- Security on Campus: For safe college & university campuses
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
- What to do if you are the victim of Identity Theft
- Homeland Security: Preventing Terrorism
- Homeland Security - National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)