Your Safety, Our Priority.
The University of South Dakota Police Department is the official law enforcement authority for the university. UPD is comprised of 15 certified, police officers; three dispatchers; 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.
Meet the Department
University officers are proactive in their patrols of the university. The university police utilizes marked patrol vehicles, one all-terrain vehicle, and a fleet of patrol bicycles.
All campus law enforcement officers are certified through the South Dakota Law Enforcement Academy and have been trained in investigation techniques. UPD police officers are available to meet with individuals to discuss criminal incidents, safety concerns, and other matters related to individuals personal welfare.
UPD can regularly be seen at campus events throughout the year. Major events the police department is involved in include collegiate athletic events, South Dakota high school football playoffs, the DAKOTA Farm Show, concerts, and numerous other university functions. Additionally, the University police employs students who also assist in special events details. USD students are encouraged to contact UPD for information regarding becoming a student special events officer. Please return completed application to the police department office in the Davidson Building.
Crime StatisticsIn compliance with federal law, the University of South Dakota prepares an annual report on campus safety, security programs and services. Originally enacted in 1990, the federal law was amended in 1998 and renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
- USD Fire Safety Security Report (Clery)
- Duty to Report Suspected Crime (Policy 7.002)
- CSA Report Form