History of the DSU Public Safety

The department was established in 1975. It started with two officers. Since then this department has grown. The department now includes Chief Don Reid, five full time officers and several reserve officers. All of whom are graduates of the State of Utah Police Academy; are trained and certified EMTs: and all of whom currently possess college degrees in criminal justice. Each officer has received additional special training in cultural diversity, crisis intervention, and community policing.

All of our officers are Utah P.O.S.T. certified and trained. Each officer completes a minimum of 40 hours of training each year. All officers are trained in handling law enforcement situations and are authorized to perform law enforcement services. Any criminal activity i.e. accidents, graffiti, suspicious people, threats etc. and should be reported to the public safety office.

The officers patrol Dixie State College, including on campus student housing and off-campus student housing. We have several different types of the patrol methods. The officers can be found not only in marked patrol cars but they also do a lot of bike and foot patrols and they can be seen regularly on campus throughout the day and during the night. All campus police officers are authorized to make stops, conduct investigations, develop warrants, make arrests, and enforce all criminal and traffic rules.