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University of Michigan
Division of Public Safety and Security
109 E. Madison St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2993

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About DPSS

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) is responsible for all police and security functions related to the University's Ann Arbor campus, including the University of Michigan Police Department, the Hospital and Health System Security Services, the Housing Security and Safety Services, the University Security Services, and other campus-wide security functions.

DPSS was created in October 2012 to unify security functions that previously were embedded and reporting within different University vice presidential areas. The unification is intended to develop a more integrated approach to safety and security, to improve efficacy and consistency in incident response protocols and procedures, and to continue to build partnerships that support campus safety across the institution.

DPSS Partners with Waze to Improve Game-Day Traffic

Sept. 22, 2016 - The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security has partnered with the traffic and navigation app, Waze, to give people a better experience traveling to and from U-M football games.

Drivers can use the Waze app to avoid game-day road closures, see real-time traffic, find optimal routes and get personalized directions to parking for the game.

"Our partnership with Waze represents an innovative way of using technology to make game-day travel safer and easier for the more than 100,000 people coming to Ann Arbor on football Saturdays," said DPSS Executive Director Eddie L. Washington, Jr.

DPSS works with Waze before a home football game and during the event to provide turn restrictions, lane reversals, parking lot locations and other event-related information in real time.

The program also allows in-app messages to be sent to drivers about the road closures and event, and it offers a customized landing page for the event on Waze.com/events, where the closures and other information is made available online.

The Waze app can be downloaded free for iOS and Android through the App Store or on Google Play.

Safe travels and Go Blue!


Update Your Personal Information in Wolverine Access

Starting this fall, you will be asked to review and update your personal information once a year in Wolverine Access when you sign into student business or employee self-service (e.g., Class Registration, View Paycheck, View Leave Balances).

Once a year you will receive a prompt from Wolverine Access to review your addresses, emergency contacts, and UM Emergency Alert notification preferences. Students on the Ann Arbor campus will receive the prompt on or after September 19, 2016, and faculty and staff on all campuses will receive the prompt on or after October 3, 2016. The review should take less than five minutes to complete.

Whether in an emergency or for administrative purposes, it is essential for university staff and officials to be able to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. By providing up-to-date information in Wolverine Access, you help ensure that the university can locate you in case of an emergency, notify you of an emergency on or near campus, or simply send university mail to your correct address. You may continue to update your information in Wolverine Access any time changes occur throughout the year.

If you have questions about updating your information, please contact the ITS Service Center.


Welcome Home New and Returning Students!

The Division of Public Safety and Security is excited to welcome our students, new and returning, back to campus! As you get settled in, here are a few reminders and tips to help get you off to a good, safe start.

Add our Contact Info to Your Favorites
You never know when you may need help. Add our contact info. to the favorites list in your phone, so you can contact us quickly. Here are two options:

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  • Enter manually:
    • Emergencies: 911
    • For non-emergencies: (734) 763-1131 or text 377911
    • Email: dpss-safety-security@umich.edu

Sign-up for UM Emergency Alerts
Be informed when there's an emergency on campus, sign-up for UM Emergency Alerts. If there's a major emergency, you will receive a text through the UM Emergency Alert system. Go to Wolverine Access and click on the UM Emergency Alerts link to register. Find more information here.

Follow DPSS on Twitter
Follow U-M DPSS on Twitter @umichdpss to receive campus safety and security notifications and tips throughout the year.

Register Your Laptop, Personal Electronics or Bicycle
Laptops, personal electronics and bicycles are often targets for theft. Remember to secure your belongings at all times. Don't leave laptops, phones, backpacks, wallets and other valuables unattended - not even for a minute. As an added deterrent, register your laptops, personal electronics and bicycles - it's quick and easy to do online. More details here.

Help Protect our Home
Everyone can, and should, contribute to the safety of our campus community. What can you do to help? If you see something, say something - promptly report crimes and suspicious behavior. Public safety is everyone's responsibility. Find out more information on what to report here.

Remember DPSS is here to help, please be sure to contact us. We wish you a successful and safe school year! Welcome Home!


UMPD K9s Nike & Tank receive protection

Aug. 12, 2016 - The University of Michigan Police Department canines now are protected with new body armor made possible from a generous local donation.

Nike and Tank now are equipped with bullet- and stab-protective vests from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests for the UMPD K9s are sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester, MI, and are embroidered with the sentiment "Good Luck from the Prof."

Nike's handler Officer Sue Upton expressed her appreciation for the new equipment and the gift that provided it. "There are no words that could give justice to the amount of gratitude I have for U-M professor Sippel, who graciously donated the funding for our K9 vests, and the amazing people who stand behind Vested Interest K9, in keeping our K9 partners safe."

Nike and Tank, both Belgian Malinois, are the third generation of canines to serve in the UMPD, a unit of the Division of Public Safety and Security. Their handlers are Upton and Officer Joe Dunny. Earlier this year, the teams completed re-certification through the United States Police Canine Association in explosive detection, tracking and patrol work.

"We appreciate the specialized work of the K9 teams on our campus, including helping to protect the Big House (Michigan Stadium)," said U-M Police Chief Bob Neumann. "We know police K9s can be vulnerable during other aspects of their work and these vests will provide another layer of safety."

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 1,700 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.6 million. All vests are custom-made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 - $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA, 02718.


Pokémon Go Safety Tips

Adults, college students and kids alike throughout the world are trying to catch 'em all using the latest trend, Pokémon Go. The augmented reality mobile application is captivating players and encouraging exploration around campus, the Ann Arbor community and beyond. The craze is also resulting in reports of injury, theft and security concerns. To help keep our community safe, the University of Michigan Division of Safety and Security offers the following tips:

Be aware of your surroundings: Watch where you are going. Look out for cars, bikes, poles, potholes and other obstacles. Focus on traffic when crossing the street and always obey traffic laws.

Be aware of suspicious activity: If you observe suspicious activity, head to a well-lit area with people and call 911.

Never drive and play: Do not operate a vehicle, ride your bike, skateboard or anything else while playing the game. Do not trespass onto private property or enter into dark alleys and areas where you don't usually travel.

Don't let Pokémon kill your phone: Pokémon Go can quickly deplete your battery and data plan. This is not only annoying, but it also can leave you in an emergency situation without access to emergency services. Here are a couple of power-saving tips from LifeHacker.com:

  • Lower the brightness of your phone's screen
  • Use the Pokémon Go power-saving mode
  • Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while you're out playing
  • Minimize in-game actions when your battery is low

Go catch 'em all Wolverines! Be smart, stay aware and avoid risky situations.

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