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Letter from the Chief of Police

Welcome to the University Police Department

The following information will provide you with an overview of the Department and the services we provide. As you review this website it will become apparent that we are full service provider of non-emergency and emergency public safety services. We are a professional law enforcement organization that works diligently to be progressive, effective, and efficient for the community we serve.

The University Police Department serves an important role in the safety and security of the campus community. We have assembled a strong team of police officers to provide for a safe and secure environment. Our law enforcement division includes the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, Operations Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, 2 Corporals, a Criminal Investigator, 6 full time police officers and 3 part time police officers. Collectively, our full time law enforcement staff represents more than 150 years of experience.

We will do everything possible to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience at SDState. We are here to help and serve you. If you have any questions or are ever in need of our services, please do not hesitate to contact our department at 605-688-5117.

Timothy A. Heaton
Chief of Police



University Police Department News

See All Our News 2021 safest campus map 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.

University Police Department

Smith Honored as July Civil Service Employee of the Month

In recognition for his strong commitment to helping others and diligent work with the South Dakota State University Police Department, Levi Smith has been named the Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

SDSU repeats as the safest campus in South Dakota ranked South Dakota State University as the state's safest college campus for the second-straight year.

The entire ranking is available at