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. UPD is accredited through IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators).
UPD provides a full range of investigative, crime prevention, protective and public education services to the SDSU community.
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.