Department of Public Safety
DPS is a service-oriented agency employing the philosophy of community policing within its jurisdiction. This philosophy is based upon the concept that police officers and the campus community as a whole can work together in creative ways to solve problems related to crime prevention. The primary focus of community policing is to foster positive interactions between the police, students, faculty and staff. DPS maintains and promotes respect for the individual rights and dignity of all persons and is dedicated to excellence in all of the services that are offered on a year-round basis.
Welcome from Cheif McMillian
On behalf of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), please let me be the first to extend a welcome to Arkansas Tech University. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors are our top priority. This report contains important information about the role of DPS at Tech and provides safety resources for our community along with statistics about crime at Tech. As you will see, the crime statistics demonstrate that Tech is an extremely safe campus. I believe our safe environment is a result of the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff with DPS. This partnership is vital to our overall community policing philosophy.
DPS is available 24 hours each day and seven days a week. The DPS staff is here to help. A primary goal of the department is to develop and maintain strong, lasting partnerships with our community. The DPS staff is committed to providing the highest level of professional law enforcement and public safety services possible to our community. Officers provide crime prevention programs, general information, and act as valuable resources for all community members.
Safety is a shared responsibility, and we rely on each member of our community to participate by reporting suspicious activities and by using common sense when carrying out their daily routine. As an important reminder, never prop open outside building doors, do lock your bike at all times, do lock your room door in your residence hall, and do call us when you need help.
Your feedback will assist us in ensuring that this level of service is consistently attained. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me or any member of my team if we can be of service to you. You may contact us at (479) 968-0222.
Chief, Director of Public Safety