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Sgt. John-Mark Branch works on his in car computer during a traffic stop.The University of Michigan Police Department’s (UMPD) patrol unit is responsible for patrolling campus buildings and grounds on foot, bike and motorized vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The goal is simple: to keep our community safe.

What we do

  • Patrol campus grounds and buildings to protect lives and property
  • Regulate traffic and enforce motor vehicle laws
  • Respond to accidents or stranded motorists
  • Answer distress calls or calls for assistance
  • Take initial police reports
  • Investigate suspicious activity
  • Interview witnesses and suspects
  • Identify, pursue and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts

How we do it

All UMPD officers are highly trained. They are required to complete a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified police academy followed by a rigorous four-month, on-campus field training officer program. UMPD officers also must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period. Once officers successfully have completed training, they are assigned to a road patrol shift, reporting to a sergeant. These officers may be assigned to numerous specialty units and responsibilities such as Special Victims Unit, K-9, Community Outreach, accident investigations, evidence tech, motorcycle, bicycle or Washtenaw County Metro SWAT.

Who we are

Lt. Paula Williams

(734) 936-4163