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. Community policing utilizes the input and talents of all members of the community in safeguarding the campus. Foot and bike patrols are emphasized so that officers are closer to the community and can establish and maintain trust.
Students, faculty, teachers, and staff are encouraged to:
- Be aware of their surroundings.
- Become familiar with the officers assigned to their area.
- Take reasonable precautions.
- Be knowledgeable of the safety resources and services available to them.
- Report any and all crimes and suspicious behaviors or incidents by calling the emergency lines or using the emergency blue lights.
- Access to many buildings, including dormitories, are controlled and monitored by an access control and intrusion detection system.
- DPS officers routinely patrol the dormitory areas.
- An electronic surveillance system permits DPS to monitor many key areas on campus.
- Highly visible emergency blue lights are located throughout the campus and can be used to summon public safety officers for police, medical or fire emergencies.
The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) assists with specialized, complex investigations on campus and with incidents involving Gallaudet that occur off campus. Metropolitan police are contacted and dispatched to campus in any arrest situation. MPD is also contacted at the request of a complainant or victim.