An integral part of the Jesuit university experience is being located in an urban community. Because of that, Marquette invests significant resources in ensuring that our students, faculty and staff feel safe and secure while on campus. These investments include:
- A 24/7-staffed Department of Public Safety that employs nearly 90 professional staff, including more than 50 armed personnel, as well as 100 student staff. The force includes 15 supervisors and an additional 42 unarmed personnel who serve as residence hall officers, dispatchers, auxiliary officers and civilian administrative staff.
- DPS patrols a one-square-mile area that includes the campus and near off-campus neighborhood 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Officers respond to incidents and requests for assistance via bicycle, on foot and in a fleet of 18 police-type patrol vehicles and 17 transport vans. Each officer is also equipped with a digital radio to provide real-time communication among DPS officers.
- All armed officers undergo training twice annually (40 hours in the summer and 16 hours in the winter). This training is provided by instructors from Marquette University, the District Attorney’s office, the Milwaukee Police Department and the FBI.
- The campus has more than 450 blue light phones around its 90-acre campus, which directly connect users to DPS. In addition, more than 700 security cameras located in and around campus help monitor the patrol zone. All of the camera feeds are centralized in a state-of-the art Command Information Center, which in 2013 fielded more than 30,000 calls for service, ranging from students in need a walking escort to reports of possible crimes.
- Student Safety Patrol teams patrol the campus on-foot seven days a week from 5 p.m. to midnight, and are available for any student, faculty or staff member who wishes to utilize a walking escort.
- The university’s LIMO program was the first of its kind in the country, and provides mobile transport for members of the campus community 365 days a year from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. (5 p.m. to 4 a.m. on academic weekends). More than 300,000 student rides were given last year and more than 6.6 million rides have been provided since the program launched in 1988.