The officers are authorized and empowered to arrest with or without warrants, any person on the campus who is in violation of federal, state, or local laws, and to enforce all rules and regulations of the university.
The DPS encourages all members of the university community to promptly report all crimes to the DPS or other appropriate police agencies. DPS was established to provide a safe campus environment.
Community policing, including patrols using non-conventional methods and officers working with all university constituents, is important to campus safety.
The officers are trained professionals with the power to investigate, search, and arrest as prescribed by law and to use reasonable/necessary force to enforce law to protect persons and property.
DPS officers investigate any crime or incident reported to have occurred on university property, and have the power to arrest as prescribed by law. Information gathered from these investigations is used to prosecute perpetrators and for prevention of further incidents.
- DPS officers patrol all campus buildings and grounds. These patrols prevent and detect crimes and property loss. Patrols are conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers perform patrols on foot, in motor vehicles, and on bicycles.
The DPS maintains a communication center to monitor intrusion, robbery, and fire alarms for university buildings. An appropriate response is determined, and necessary action is taken.
The DPS monitors radio communications continuously.
The DPS Crime Prevention Officer or Facilities Management routinely inspects safety issues associated with shrubbery and lighting. Lighting maintenance is a responsibility jointly shared by the university and Entergy. Each light pole bears a number to facilitate immediate reporting of faulty lighting to DPS or Facilities Management.
The DPS Crime Prevention Office works with resident building staff to provide education to on-campus residents about personal safety, reducing the likelihood of room thefts, and fire safety. Resident staff may also assist in medical or other emergencies.
The DPS Crime Prevention staff is trained in areas relating to campus safety and crime prevention, and work closely with various campus groups. They are responsible for the coordination of efforts on-campus to improve individual physical safety.
State and Local Enforcement
- State law defines the areas of responsibility for institutional law enforcement authority. DPS works jointly with the Little Rock Police Department to help assure safety to the university community.
- The DPS is authorized to submit evidence to the Arkansas State Crime laboratories.
- Officers are responsible for checking persons in university facilities who are not known to them. After normal closing hours, all persons are required to have university identification cards, building entry cards or written permission from appropriate department heads.
- All campus buildings have scheduled open hours. Notifications of changes in these hours of operation are to be forwarded to DPS in writing prior to the changes. The person identified as being responsible for the building must submit this notification.
- Access to a closed building is permissible for authorized persons possessing university identification and legally issued keys/access cards. Person not possessing keys/cards will not be allowed to remain inside closed buildings unless accompanied by an authorized person or written authorization previously forwarded to DPS from the person responsible for the building, (the vice-chancellor, dean, or director responsible for the building determines facility access).
Emergency Text Messaging
In the event of an emergency involving an imminent threat on campus, DPS will utilize the university’s campus alert notification system to notify the campus community. Students and staff can register online to receive real-time notifications of these emergency events. These messages are transmitted only during emergencies and are an additional real-time avenue of communication. The text messaging system is tested campus wide at least once each year.
The DPS facilitates the university’s Emergency Management Plan. This plan is developed by DPS command staff and senior managers from various departments, who meet regularly to develop and practice the implementation of emergency plans, including disaster response and evacuation and business continuity plans.