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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.

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.


UPDATE: OBSERVATORY STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

June 30, 2016 -- Please be advised that construction on Observatory St. is set to enter its second phase, beginning Wednesday, July 6. Be sure to plan ahead and expect delays. Also remember to remind patients and visitors to build in extra time when travelling to the area.

During the project, pay attention to all signs and barriers as they will help improve traffic flow and congestion. Here's everything that you need to know:

  • Observatory St. will be completely closed to vehicular traffic from Geddes Ave., to just north of Washington Heights, including a full closure of the Observatory St.-Washington Heights intersection.
  • Traffic will be rerouted via East Ann St., Zina Pitcher Place, Washtenaw Ave. and Geddes Ave.
  • Washington Heights will remain a converted two-way street.
  • Parking lot M34 will be closed beginning Tuesday, July 5.
  • Parking lots M28 and M95 will remain open, and are accessible from the north via East Medical Center Dr.
  • All on-street metered parking spaces on Observatory St. in the construction area will be closed.
  • Access to N. University Ct. will be closed except for residents and pre-arranged deliveries.

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UMPD swears in four new police officers

The University of Michigan Police Department welcomed four new officers during a swearing-in ceremony on May 12.

During the ceremony, the new officers-Paul Adamkowski, Aron Feltes, Frank Graeser and Elaine McLenaghan—recited the police code of ethics and their department mentors pinned on their badges.

All of the officers were previously DPSS personnel; McLenaghan, Adamkowski and Graeser worked in Hospital Security, and Feltes worked at the Communications Center.

"Being a unified Division has resulted in a broader pool of well-qualified and talented professionals, which enables us to provide opportunities for professional development and career advancement," said UMPD Captain Jason Forsberg.

"In addition, our new officers bring with them a good understanding of our organization, culture and values, as well as an established professional network within the University Health System," he said.

The four officers graduated from the Wayne County Regional Police Academy at Schoolcraft College on May 5, and all finished at the top of their class academically.

The next step in their journey is a four-month field training program.

"Here at U of M we have a lot of experienced officers and specialized units, so I am confident that our new officers will have successful careers serving our university community," Forsberg said.


U-M Police Department hosts awards ceremony

The University of Michigan Police Department honored community members and Division of Public Safety and Security personnel who made exceptional contributions to public safety over the past year during an awards ceremony held on May 10.

The awards presented included Citizen's Public Safety, Police Officer of the Year, Professional of the Year, Chief's Award, Longevity and Professional Excellence Citations.

"The Awards and Appreciation Ceremony is important, because it recognizes the achievements of not only our officers, but also the extraordinary contributions made by members of our community," said UMPD Police Chief Robert Neumann.

Chief Neumann also remarked on how the awards ceremony reflects on some of the ideals of the division as a whole. "As a division, partnering is big part of how we keep our community safe," said Neumann. "Partnering with our community allows us to to prevent the predictable, protect where vulnerable and prepare for the unexpected."

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Perry Spencer named new director of security for U-M Health System

May 11, 2016 - The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security is pleased to announce Perry Spencer as the new U-M Health System security director.

"Perry has 39 years of security, law enforcement and leadership experience, which makes him uniquely qualified for this role," said Eddie Washington, Jr., DPSS executive director.

During his 19 year tenure at U-M, Spencer spent the majority of his years managing uniformed operations for U-M Health System. He led the creation of the Guest Services Specialist program. Most recently, Spencer collaborated with the nursing leadership in the U-M Emergency Department to help reduce violent incidents and security-assisted restraints.

"Perry's history of leading through change, quality improvement, data-driven decision making and family-centered care provide him a solid foundation to lead our health system security operations into the future," said Washington.

Spencer earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor's degree in business management from Park University and a master's degree in international relations from Troy University. Before joining DPSS, Spencer served for 20 years as a U.S. Air Force security police officer.

We congratulate Perry on his new role!


UMPD K9s Nike & Tank to receive body armor

May 5, 2016 - The newest canines with the University of Michigan Police Department soon will receive body armor through a generous donation.

Nike and Tank will receive bullet- and stab-protective vests via a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests for the UMPD K9s are sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester, MI, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Good Luck from the Prof." Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

"We are very pleased that Vested Interest in K9s and Mr. Sippel have provided these vests for our four-legged officers," said Jason Forsberg, UMPD captain. "Police K9s can be vulnerable to attacks as they search out suspects. These vests will help provide protection as they conduct their patrols."

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 Officer Sue Upton and Officer Joe Dunny. The teams recently completed re-certification through the United States Police Canine Association in explosive detection, tracking and patrol work.

"Both dogs love working on campus," Dunny said, "but they especially love socializing with fans while helping protect the Big House (Michigan Stadium)."

The officers also love the 24-hour work with their partners. "There's no greater job in this world than being a K9 handler," said Upton.

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. 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.

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