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In order to provide optimum services to the University community, Public Safety maintains partnerships with many groups on campus including: the Office of Student Affairs, Housing & Residential Life, Environmental Health and Safety, the University Hospital and Clinics, Disability Services, many Student Associations, Greek Action Council, and the Parent’s Office.

The Department of Public Safety is extensively involved in Welcome Week, educating incoming students about safety on campus and in the city, providing personal safety tips and encouraging the use of the Security Monitor Program walking escorts. Public Safety is also very visible during the annual summer Parent Orientation programs and receives very high ratings from parents. Ongoing outreach efforts include Campus Safety Awareness events, presentations at University Senate Committee meetings and Board of Regents meetings. Public Safety staff members serve on several cross-departmental task forces and committees including those related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, violence against women, and student mental health.

To effectively managing the many issues related to serving a large campus in a major metropolitan area, Public Safety must cultivate and maintain critical partnerships with Twin Cities community organizations including groups from the Marcy-Holmes, the West Bank and Como neighborhoods. On Coordinate Campuses, Public Safety partnerships include the local governments and local law enforcement. Public Safety also partners with other law enforcement agencies and Federal and State Public Safety colleagues including the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments, Hennepin and Ramsey County Sheriff’s Offices, Minnesota Homeland Security, FEMA and others.

An example of how the Public Safety units collaborate occurred recently when Central Security Monitors alerted University Police of a late night motion alarm in one of the Northrop District buildings. Monitors used security cameras to track the suspects and provided continuous information to Police Dispatch, who relayed the information to Officers on duty. The suspect was apprehended within an hour, and Central Security compiled video footage to provide positive identification of the suspect and the attempt to elude the police. Cooperative efforts will be made even easier in 2011 when Police Dispatch and Central Security Monitors move into a shared Public Safety Communications Center.

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