Ensuring a safe and secure environment for the university community
The University Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is located in the Davidson Building.
The University of South Dakota Police Department is the official law enforcement authority for the university. UPD is comprised of 13 certified, police officers; three security personnel; and numerous student workers who assist in areas of parking enforcement and special events.
All UPD police officers are full-time, deputized as Vermillion City Police Officers, and obtain all certification requirements consistent with the South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards and Training guidelines. Officers receive routine training throughout the year in areas such as criminal investigations, sexual assault response, active shooter deployment, firearms, domestic violence investigations, and numerous other areas related to law enforcement work. UPD works closely with the Vermillion Police Department, as well as other area law enforcement agencies and social service agencies, to provide the university community with a safe environment.
Pete Jensen, Director