The Detroit Public Schools’ Police Department is comprised of Police Officers, Investigators, Campus Police Officers, security officers and a K-9 unit, whose mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff, conducive for teaching and learning. The Department is housed in a new $5.6 million 23,000-sq ft. state of the art Command Center and Headquarters that opened in January 2011.
At the Command Center, DPS officers can monitor campuses 24-hours a day using high-tech video surveillance cameras and alarms. Schools are being updated with alarm and video surveillance packages installed throughout the interior and exterior that will be fed to video systems at the Command Center.
The new Command Center goes hand-in-hand with a restructuring of the Police Department and $41.7 million district-wide security initiative that strives to make all schools safer. As part of that, the district has launched a new visitors ID badge system, requiring visitors to Detroit Public Schools high schools, career technical schools and the district's new Police Command Center to be put through on-the-spot sex-offender registry checks as part of a new security clearance system aimed at making campuses safer for students and staff.
The system will instantly scan visitors’ driver licenses and state ID cards and cross-check the information with sex-offender registries throughout the United States and Canada.
All high school students also have been issued new photo ID badges that are color-coded by school, allowing campus security personnel to instantly identify students who belong on their campus.
The Police Department reports to DPS’ Office of Inspector General.
The Detroit Public Schools Police Department is the state’s only full-service school district police agency and includes 78 police officers patrolling schools 24-7. The DPS-PD also has 43 Campus Police Officers assigned to all high schools, and at other critical sites. In addition, the DPS-Police oversee a contract with the Securitas Corporation providing security personnel in all K-8 schools, as well as additional security officers in all high schools.
Safety enhancements include:
Detroit Public Schools’ K-9 unit is made up of three canines: Nitro, Tazer and Maximus. All were imported from Germany, and trained locally at a training facility in Wayne, Michigan. The department has one k-9 officer partnered with each k-9.
In March 2010, one of Detroit Public Schools Police Department k-9 teams was named Police k-9 team of the year by Police k-9 magazine.
Detroit Public Schools Police department has a “Safety Net” program for children not picked up from school by 5 p.m. There are two Safety Net locations. The East Side center is located at the East Side Bus Terminal, 10205 Mack Ave, Detroit (313) 866-2770. The West Side center is located at the West Side Bus Terminal, 8145 Greenfield, Detroit, (313) 945-9357. DPSPD will ensure safe pickup of students through contact with the student’s parent/guardian.
Detroit Public Schools' citizens patrol teams are part of a comprehensive multi-agency program that has helped to spur a sharp reduction in incidents. Schools are seeking volunteers for new eyes-on patrols at several large high schools and at other locations. Highly active men's patrol groups have been watching routes and bus stops near Cody High School, where Brothers on Patrol has a presence, and Osborn High, where MADE Men patrol. The M.A.N. Network also patrols around other DPS schools. The district also has a group of volunteers called the Parent and Community Academy, who wear yellow jackets and act as safety volunteers, monitoring youth traveling to and from school, in school hall ways and lunch rooms, and around the school.
Volunteers are being asked to commit to a year of patrolling during the following times: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. or 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. There is no minimum number of days required per week, but volunteers are asked to commit to at least one of the full-time slots. The trainings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday for two hours from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the month of August. Saturdays are available upon request. Trainings will be held at 8500 Cameron St. Detroit, 48211 (DPSPD Headquarters) and other sites to be named in the near future.
To volunteer, call (313) 748-6008.
Residents are also being asked to turn on their porch lights in those immediate school neighborhoods and report any crime to the DPS Police Department at (313) 748-6000.
The Mission of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD) is to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff, conducive for teaching and learning.
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