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University Police Department

The University Police Department (UPD) provides year round 24/7 law enforcement service for South Dakota State University. Police officers are state trained and certified with full law enforcement authority.

Currently the University Police Department is comprised of 14 state certified law enforcement officers. Lead by the Chief of Police, the department has a Deputy Chief of Police, 3 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 8 Patrol Officers and 4 part-time Officers.

The department is responsible for protecting the campus community, ensuring a safe environment for continued education and research, providing enhanced security for the campus infrastructure and large scale public events, investigating crimes, providing uniformed patrol, deterring and detecting criminal activity and other policing services as needed.

The South Dakota State University Police Department has been accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) since 2017.

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Brookings ranked as one of ‘50 safest college towns’ for 2022

Brookings is among the 50 safest college towns in America, according to home safety and security firm SafeWise.   The home of South Dakota State University comes in at No. 33 and is the only South Dakota college town on the list.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awards lifesaving equipment grant to South Dakota State University Police Department

Grant is part of more than $71 million given by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to public safety organizations across the U.S. ranks SDSU No. 1 for third-straight year

For the third-straight year, South Dakota State University has been ranked the safest college campus in South Dakota by, an ADT authorized provider and partner of SafeStreets.