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Our MO — safety first!

Drake Campus Public Safety is one of the largest private campus security forces in the state of Iowa, consisting of 20 full-time officers who patrol the campus around the clock and calendar. A computerized communications/dispatch post is staffed 24 hours a day to coordinate security activities.

Campus Public Safety officers undergo regular, mandatory training under the direction of certified law enforcement professionals, including an initial 30-day training period that includes areas ranging from conflict resolution and use of force to diversity and CPR.

Our public safety force conducts routine patrols to enhance the safety of our campus by deterring crime before it happens. Public Safety officers work closely with the Des Moines Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.

The presence of the Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit is another strong deterrent to crime on or near the Drake campus. Housed in a University-owned building on 24th street, the DMPD Traffic Unit facilitates direct interaction between the DMPD, Campus Security, members of the Drake community and citizens in the surrounding neighborhood.

Please browse through the rest of this section for information about how we keep Drake's campus safe and for ways you can be proactive in protecting yourself.

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Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911

-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 515-283-4811

- Student Health Center  

- Employee Assistance Program

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