One of the primary tasks of the Department of Public Safety and Police Services is patrolling campus. Police officers patrol the residential, academic, athletic, and parking facilities as well as campus and surrounding streets twenty-four hours per day and seven days per week. Officers also perform foot patrol through the buildings and sidewalks on the main campus. This activity is vital to identifying and deterring potential criminal activity and to maintaining a safe and secure campus. All of our officers are certified state of Michigan police officers who have full law enforcement authority throughout Houghton County.
Our Communications Center serves as a link between the community (including visitors and guests) and Michigan Tech, relating to matters of public safety and emergency assistance. The Communications Center is staffed twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week week by police dispatchers. Dispatchers are responsible for answering calls for police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), maintenance and escort services; monitoring fire, intrusion, emergency and maintenance alarms; and dispatching and coordinating police, fire, EMS and student security officer units in both emergency and nonemergency situations.
The Communications Center is also responsible for monitoring and relaying information from the department's Emergency Telephone system, coordinating after-hours access, dealing with inquiries related to maintenance, and other issues that may arise.