Department of Public Safety (DPS)
(202) 651-5444 (TTY)
(202) 651-5555 (Voice)
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to promote individual responsibility, community commitment, and involvement through dynamic crime prevention initiatives to create a safe, secure, and informed campus community. By the timely communication of current incidents on and about the campus, the community is enabled to make knowledgeable decisions and strategies to protect life and property. Officers are on duty 24 hours each day, 365 days a year, and patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, on Segways and in marked and unmarked vehicles. Gallaudet's public safety officers are considered "special police officers" and are commissioned by the District of Columbia. The Department of Public Safety emphasizes "community policing," which means that the department works collaboratively with the community to prevent, identify, and resolve problems and causes of crime and disorder.
The Department of Public Safety offers a variety of services to assist the community such as escort service after dark, personal safety checks when students or employees are studying or working late, photos for passports, fingerprinting for job applications, Operation Identification, vehicle battery jumps, bicycle registration, and a lost and found.
Identification cards, which also serve as access cards to many buildings and residence halls, are prepared by the Department of Public Safety.