Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Is your department a security or police department?
  2. What is the difference between a university police officer and an officer or deputy sheriff in my hometown?
  3. Am I allowed to have a firearm on campus for hunting or protection purposes? Will the university police store a firearm for me?
  4. How safe will I be on campus?
  5. Where can I find the current list for sexual offenders/predators who live in my area?
  6. How do I report a fire, medical or police emergency?
  7. I was a victim of a crime. What should I do?
  8. If I witness a crime or suspicious activity, what should I do?
  9. How can I get information on crime statistics and safety tips?

Is your department a security or police department?

For many years, our department was referred to as a security department. Even today, some people still refer to us as "security." However, in the early 1990's, we added a police component to the department and we are now a full service law enforcement agency offering many of the same services as traditional law enforcement agencies. We also have police officers on-duty 24 hours-a-day throughout the entire year. If you need to obtain information, report a crime or traffic accident, or have any needs for which we can provide police assistance, please call us at 763-1131. If you need to report a police, fire or medical emergency, please call us on the 911 emergency telephone line.

What is the difference between a university police officer and an officer or deputy sheriff in my hometown?

There are more similarities than differences. University police officers must undergo a stringent screening process before they are employed. In many cases, our screening process is more stringent than those found with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. A university police officer must attend a regional police academy where he or she trains along with law enforcement officers from municipal police departments, county sheriffs' departments and other local or state law enforcement agencies. Once a university police officer has successfully completed the academy, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) will license him or her as a law enforcement officer. This board oversees law enforcement licensing for all law enforcement officers in the state of Michigan.

However, there are some noticeable differences. In addition to academy training, a newly employed university police officer must complete an extensive field training program. This program integrates the academy training into practical work experience that prepares the officer to work on his or her own. Not all law enforcement agencies offer this program. Also, we have found the University of Michigan Police Department provides more in-service training for its officers than many other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Finally, in addition to enforcing state laws, the University of Michigan Police Department is also responsible for enforcing the U-M Regents' Ordinance.

Am I allowed to have a firearm on campus for hunting or protection purposes? Will the university police store a firearm for me?

No. The University's Standard Practice Guide and the Regents' Ordinance prohibits the possession of firearms on campus except in very rare cases. Individuals found violating this policy and law and are subject to arrest and/or other University sanctions; because of this prohibition, the University of Michigan Police Department does not store firearms or other weapons.

How safe will I be on campus?

Being safe means different things to different people. Some people measure safety by the amount of crime on campus. Typically, most university and college campuses experience less crime than their surrounding communities. Our crime statistics are available for review in the Campus Safety Handbook at http://www.police.umich.edu/?s=clery_act

University police officers are on constant patrol and Housing Security officers are assigned to residence halls to provide resident students with crime prevention and safety information on request, and Hospital Security provides service to the University Health System.

Being safe is often based on common sense behaviors and following those well-known rules that your parents and others have taught you. These include:

  • Look assertive, and be aware of your surroundings
  • Be aware that your risk increases in secluded and isolated areas
  • Walk with a trusted friend or coworker when possible. If you must go out alone, tell someone where you are going, and when you should be returning
  • Trust your intuition. If a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone, or call 9-1-1 from any phone (no coins needed for 9-1-1 calls)
  • Keep rooms locked at all times
  • Confidential Tip Line: 1-800-863-1355

Where can I find the current list for sexual offenders/predators who live in my area?

In order to view those individuals who have been reported to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry as being sexual offenders or predators, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions as indicated. This database provides the most current list available for this information. The University of Michigan currently uses 48109 as its primary zip code and a search can be completed for that specific zip code. The web site address for this information is: http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/

How do I report a fire, medical or police emergency?

In an emergency, call 911 from any phone. Be prepared to give:

  • the nature of the emergency
  • your location and the location of the emergency
  • who you are
  • any suspect information available

I was a victim of a crime. What should I do?

If you are a victim of a crime, notify the police immediately. Call 911 for emergencies and call 763-1131 for non-emergencies. Do not disturb any evidence. Information that would assist police in resolving the case:

  • name of victim
  • exact location of the incident
  • injuries or need for medical attention
  • description of the scene
  • description of any suspect
  • description and license numbers of any involved vehicles

If I witness a crime or suspicious activity, what should I do?

If you witness a crime or suspicious activity, notify the police immediately. Call 911 for emergencies and call 763-1131 for non-emergencies. Do not disturb any evidence. Information that would assist police in resolving the case:

  • name of victim
  • exact location of the incident
  • injuries or need for medical attention
  • description of the scene
  • description of any suspect
  • description and license numbers of any involved vehicles

How can I get information on crime statistics and safety tips?

The University of Michigan Police Department publishes a compilation of campus crime statistics each year in the Campus Safety Handbook. This information will also soon be available here on-line. If further information is required, please use the contact page.