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The Gallaudet University community is well-aware of the robust Department of Public Safety (DPS), which is charged with the safety and well-being of everyone on campus. DPS does much more than patrol the campus, however; it offers a wide range of services that foster strong community bonds.
DPS’ goal is to promote individual responsibility, community commitment, and involvement through crime prevention initiatives to create a safe, secure, and informed campus community. Through the timely communication of incidents that take place on and near the campus, the community is empowered to make informed decisions and plan strategies to protect life and property. Officers and dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DPS dispatchers are certified in Advanced Law Enforcement Dispatch with specialized training in response to fire, police, and medical emergencies. In addition, about 200 cameras are located around campus. All exterior dorm doors are equipped with closed circuit cameras that continuously record and store information for a period of 21 days. Emergency “blue light” stations are also located throughout the campus.
As DPS Chief Ted Baran noted in a presentation to the Gallaudet University Marketing Committee, “DPS officers and supervisors are considered special police officers, commissioned by the District of Columbia. They have the same powers as police officers to arrest without a warrant for offenses committed on the Gallaudet campus. They may also arrest people outside Gallaudet if they are in pursuit of a person for an offense committed on campus.”
Chief Baran also highlighted Gallaudet’s close relationship with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit.
In addition to crime prevention using community involvement, outreach, and presentations, DPS offers a wide variety of helpful services to the campus community:
Also, as a safety reminder, DPS offers these valuable tips:
Contact the DPS Communication Center:202-651-5555 VP/Voice202-651-5445 Voicegallydps@att.blackberry.net Pagerdps.email@example.com Email
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