Let's be honest. Parents don't like to think about students away from home having an emergency, but you might not know that the university’s Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) does a lot more than just respond to emergencies. DPSS officers also provide safety briefings at new student orientation, assist with traffic during Student Move-In, and patrol U-M sporting events, residence halls, and campus at large.
The officers of DPSS work with students, faculty, and staff to prevent, protect, and prepare the campus community for many types of safety and security needs. For example, you may want to encourage your students to register their electronics and bicycles with the University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD); or request a presentation to their student organization or living community on safety preparedness; or sign up to receive alerts via text, home, or cell in case of an emergency on campus. Student and families can reach the Community Outreach office at 734-763-3434.
And among the many campus safety experts in DPSS and Student Life, we now include a national award winner! In October of 2014, UMPD’s Margie Pillsbury (pictured above) received the annual Jeanne Clery Award from the Clery Center for Security on Campus, recognizing her for outstanding work in the field of campus safety. Detective Pillsbury is known for strengthening and coordinating the university’s training, policy development, and outreach to crime victims, as well as her service to the Abuse Hurts initiative, training campus community members to recognize and respond to intimate partner violence. Detective Pillsbury has served in law enforcement for over 20 years, and we are grateful she is part of the team!
If your student does have an emergency, rest assured that the entire Division of Public Safety and Security is ready to assist, to meet with parents and students, and to connect students to the resources they need. UMPD can be reached at 734-763-1131 to request updates on a case, or just to discuss safety or security questions (Call 911 for emergencies or to report a crime.)
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