The Department of Public Safety has University Police Officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working foot patrol and vehicle patrol throughout campus. The Department is responsible for Building and Ground Security, Dispatch/Radio Communication, Parking Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Emergency Medical Response/First Aid Services and Uniformed Security. A University Police Officer responds to all reported crimes and investigates in a timely manner. Alleged violations of local, state, and federal law are referred for prosecution. Possible violations of the University Code of Conduct are forwarded to the Office of Judicial Affairs.
The Department's Police Officers are trained in emergency first aid and respond to any medical emergency on campus. First Responder Services are provided by EMS from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Cape County Private Ambulance Service. The officers contact and assist the Cape County private ambulance service if transportation to a local hospital is needed.
Crime prevention presentations and programs are provided to the University community and the surrounding area. Presentations are available on sexual assault, burglary, alcohol and drugs, residence hall crime, vandalism, bicycle crime and safety, child abduction and abuse, robbery, and several other topics.
The Department's communication center monitors several alarm systems on campus. The communications center monitors and dispatches University Police Officers to fire alarms, intrusion alarms, and panic alarms.
The department conducts surveys of campus parking lots, exterior lighting, exterior building doors, campus grounds, etc. Work orders are completed for identified problems and repairs.
Information regarding registered sex offenders in the State of Missouri under section 121 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C 16921) may be obtained by visiting the State of Missouri Sex Offender Database List. The revised Statutes of Missouri, Sections 589.400 to 589.425 and 43.650, RSMo., mandates that the Missouri State Highway Patrol shall maintain a sex offender database and a website on the Internet that is accessible to the public. The information on the website refers only to persons who have been convicted of, found guilty of or plead guilty to committing or attempting to commit sexual offenses and may not reflect the entire criminal history of a particular individual.
The University has established a Lighted Corridor running from the southernmost section of campus to the Show Me Center. There are approximately thirty (30) Emergency Call Boxes along the lighted corridor and other locations around campus. Anyone with a genuine emergency may utilize the call boxes by pressing the red "HELP" button on the call box. The call is automatically sent to the University Police Dispatcher via the 911 emergency phone system. A uniformed police officer will be dispatched to the activated phone. The caller can also communicate the nature of the emergency to the dispatcher while the responding police unit is en route.