Our town is stunning!
Michigan‘s best kept secret.
￼ ￼￼ photo was taken this evening.￼
For emergencies call 911 or 810-762-3333. Facebook and Messenger should not be used for emergency police communications.
Our town is stunning!
Michigan‘s best kept secret.
￼ ￼￼ photo was taken this evening.￼
The Fall is a great time to ride your bike! The campus and the Flint River Trail are ideal locations for riding a bike this weekend. ￼￼Here are a few safety tips that will help you keep your outing safe and enjoyable.
￼￼￼￼Ride with traffic, not against it.
Riding on the left side of the road or the wrong way on a one-way street is a common cause of crashes; it increases your closing speed with a car and puts you in an unexpected position for car drivers.
Scan all directions at intersections.
Always wear a helmet. ￼
Pay attention to stop signs and red lights even if you are late for class.
Use sidewalks with caution. Car drivers don't expect you to come from there at an intersection, so be ready to yield to turning cars.
Ride at reasonable speed even if you are late for class.
Ride four feet out from parked cars to avoid being doored.
Don't carry stuff like books or notebooks in your hands while you ride. Use a backpack or rack.
Until the pandemic is over, please wear a face ￼ covering.
DPS Bike Trainer Officer Russell Taunt is seen in the photo below at a bike safety session (pre-Covid). Once the pandemic is over, if you would like Russ to come to your event to share bicycle safety tips, please contact us. Until then, please stay healthy, ￼safe, and enjoy riding during this beautiful fall weather!
Are you planning Halloween activities this weekend?
Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask and use hand sanitizer often, to keep you and others safe and healthy. The CDC offers the following guidance on its website:
How to make trick-or-treating safer:
Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
Wash hands before handling treats.
Wear a mask.
More information and other helpful tips for Halloween activities are available on the CDC’s website.
CDC provides credible COVID-19 health information to the U.S.
Our Community Rocks! Small act of kindness…Making a Difference!
One of our favorite professors stopped over at the Hubbard Building (DPS HQ) today and dropped off pumpkins for area children and fresh cookies for the DPS team! Who does that? Well, we know the answer to that…it’s the caring and awesome people at UM-Flint!
The public safety pumpkin truck will be parked in front of the Hubbard building until Thursday evening. We are still collecting pumpkins in partnership with Doyle-Ryder Elementary School.
Reminder: National “Making a Difference Day” is this Saturday:)
Heartfelt shout out to Jim Vogt!
This past week, Jim spent his afternoon providing Fire Safety training to the GEC students (see photos). Jim’s on-going efforts around providing possible life saving fire safety training to GEC students is just one more example of the many ways Jim is Making a Difference!
From volunteering his time at a local fire department to providing CPR training to area nonprofits, Jim is certainly committed to enhancing fire safety and to Making a Difference in the Flint community and on the campus of the University of Michigan – Flint! ￼￼ Thanks for being awesome! ￼
Mark your calendar‘s! This Saturday is Make a Difference Day! Let’s all celebrate this coming Saturday by participating in simple acts of kindness! ￼
Below are a few more pictures that the GEC counselor took from 3rd floor. Thanks for sharing the photos!!!
We need ￼pumpkins!
Join us as we try to make the Fall/Halloween season a little brighter for kids in our community.
Although the annual Harvest Fest is postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, the Department of Public Safety in partnership with Doyle Ryder Elementary School has a virtual holiday celebration planned for area kids and you can help. DPS is collecting donated pumpkins for the Great Pumpkin Giveaway Virtual Decorating Contest.
We are asking for our friends to drop off a pumpkin(s) to the Public Safety Pumpkin Truck that is now parked in front of the Hubbard Building. All collected pumpkins will be sterilized and safely presented to a child in our community. Kids will then be able to decorate their pumpkin and show it off online for their chance to win some fun prizes.
Many thanks to the Flint Urban Safey Corps and Sgt. Meochey Proby who serves as the Director and Supervisor of the Urban Safety Corps (AmeriCorps). She is coordinating this community event with our neighbors at ￼￼ Doyle Ryder Elementary School. Please contact Sgt. Proby for additional details at 810-762-3330 about the Great Pumpkin Giveaway Virtual Decorating Contest.
Thank you in advance for your support at a time when our local kids need it most.
Heartfelt shout out to David Arnould!
The worst part about working with talented, professional and caring people is when it comes time to say ‘goodbye.’ It is with mixed emotions we congratulate David on his new position.
For more than eight years David has served the campus community and the Department of Public Safety with professionalism and integrity. What we will always respect the most about David is his deep and sincere appreciation and caring for the University and the men and women who work here at DPS. Just for one example of David’s caring sprit...David stopped into the DPS Communication Center with his then girlfriend (later they would get married) while they were on a date. David worked to resolve a IT problem as his future wife ￼￼sat in a chair and waited. Who does that? David never hesitated to offer his assistance. It’s true, the worst part about working with talented, professional and caring people is when it comes time to say ‘goodbye.’
David, we will miss you! Congratulations!!!!!
We Zoomed in our DPS Team and ensured social distancing during the celebration￼. David is seen in the photo below violating the social distancing rule with his mother (Karen) 🙂 ￼stay healthy!
Touch-A-Truck, the annual police and community engagement effort on the campus of UM-Flint, will not be held this fall as previously scheduled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Although we will not be able to hold the event this year, we want to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers and those who loaned their big rigs, helicopters and talents to support this tradition in downtown Flint. Each September for the last eight years, thousands of people have joined us in the William S White Building parking lot as children of all ages learn about the different types of vehicles and other transportation, and enjoy face painting and bounce houses, games, live music, and yes - interacting with the law enforcement professionals from area agencies. It is always a special day of engagement, fellowship and community pride.
The health, well-being, and safety of all people during this unprecedented time is our priority. We will get through this time, and we look forward to welcoming our volunteers and our community back to UM-Flint for Touch-A-Truck 2021 next fall. Thank you for your understanding.
Stay healthy. Stay safe.
Awesome App! And a shout out to all of you! ￼￼
￼Spend less time at the health screening station! The ResponsiBLUE health screening app is available in both the Apple App Stores as well as the Google Play stores for Android devices.
Just search for ResponsiBLUE.
Dear Campus Community;
￼We are stronger together! Through these challenging times, we are so proud to work together with our campus partners in supporting the health and well-being of our community. Every day the DPS team is staffing the Health Screening Stations at each of our campus buildings and every day we are greeted with words of support.￼￼ We just wanted to say “thank you!” and thank you all for doing your part in overcoming the pandemic.
~ DPS Team
Dear Campus Community:
At approximately 1:40pm on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Catholic Charities in Downtown Flint, a person was stabbed. The suspect left the area and was last seen heading south on Garland near Kearsley Street. The suspect was wearing a red jacket, and carrying personal items in a garbage bag.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Flint Police at 810-2376800 or Michigan State Police at 810-732-1111.
For your use in the future, here are some safety tips to follow:
Follow your instincts. If you do not feel safe, do your best to remove yourself from the situation.
Travel well-lighted and well-traveled areas. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you.
There’s safety in numbers. If you must be out at night, arrange to go to class or do errands with a companion or two. If you are alone in the University of Michigan-Flint area, use the free DPS escort service. Call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 810-762-3333 to request the service.
Avoid displaying and carrying large sums of money in public. Only carry the credit cards you need.
Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. A purse snatcher could injure you. If a purse snatcher demands your purse, toss it down on the ground and attempt to quickly leave the area. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
Be alert and aware. Avoid distracted walking! It’s a good idea to avoid text messaging and talking on the phone. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public.
Know the locations of the Emergency Blue phones while on campus.
UM-Flint Department of Public Safety
Hispanic Heritage Month began this week and runs through Oct 15th.
Join the DPS Team as we honor the diversity of experiences and cultures that comprise Hispanic and Latino heritage both in the policing profession and in our communities!!!!
Yesterday, we had a great day clearing brush and picking up debris ￼￼on the River Trail!
Special thanks to our United Way friends who continue to support the Urban Safety Corps and so many other positive efforts in the City of Flint!!! This is the transformational power of partnerships!!! ￼￼
The River Trail Watchers continue to patrol the trail. The River Trail Watchers can be seen driving a DPS golf cart￼ and are equipped with an 800 MHz police radio connecting them back to the the University of Michigan – Flint Public Safety Communication Center￼￼ ...and they are equipped with smiles and pleasant greetings connecting them back to all of you! ￼
If you haven’t been on the Flint River Trail lately grab your bike or a comfortable pair of walking shoes and discover ￼￼￼Flint’s ￼hidden gem! ￼￼
Driving into the area to use the Trail? We have plenty of convenient and free parking at ￼E. Boulevard Drive and Campus Drive along the river (on the campus of the University of Michigan – Flint).￼￼ Look for the US post office. Please use the spaces on E. Boulevard Dr.￼￼ ￼￼￼
From that location we recommend jumping on the river trail and ￼￼heading west towards Kettering University.
Our partners from the ￼ United Way in the photo below are Katie de Araujo on the far left and Sydnee Byrd on the far right.
9/11 is a day of service at UM-Flint!!! DPS Urban Safety Corps and others AmeriCorps members are cleaning up the Flint River Trail.￼￼￼￼
Join the Team!!! We are hiring Student Patrol Officers! The eyes, ears and smiles of DPS! ￼
**You must be a current UM-Flint, UM-Dearborn or UM Ann Arbor Student.
**A positive and caring attitude and being willing to make a positive difference is required.
**Join the Team and give back to the campus community and be the envy of all your friends while wearing ￼the Maze and Blue uniform!
**Apply today! ￼A valid driver license is required. Workstudy is desired; but, not required.
Join the Team!!!
We are hiring Student Patrol Officers! The eyes, ears and smiles of DPS! ￼
You must be a current UM-Flint, UM-Dearborn or UM Ann Arbor Student.
A valid drivers license is required.
A positive and caring attitude and being willing to make a positive difference is required.
Join the Team and give back to the campus community and be the envy of all your friends while wearing ￼the Maze and Blue uniform!
Apply today! ￼
Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window. Responsibilities*Student guards will patrol, observe, and report occurrences in and about the campus, via portable radio unit, to the Communications Officer, as well as prepare daily logs. Uphold all federal, state, and local laws in a....
Happy Labor Day from your friends at the Department of Public Safety!
First day of classes are off to a great start! Temperature checks are taking place at the William S White building. ￼￼
In the photo￼ Allison King is seen just finishing the temperature check been given by Jim Vogt. Conducting health screening and making new friends… Not a bad deal at all!￼￼￼￼￼
Welcome back students!￼￼
Today, the DPS team spent time ￼ cleaning and polishing ￼￼the patrol fleet in anticipation of our students returning! ￼ This week, we will be welcoming the first of our students back to campus!￼￼. Go Blue!!!!
Shout out to UMPD Parking Officer Hayes! Yes...that’s right, from Ann Arbor! 🙂 ￼
This is so cool. We put the word out that we needed additional books for the Little Free Library and our colleagues in Ann Arbor answered the call!
Yesterday, Officer Hayes arrived on the Flint campus with her car stocked full of children’s books. When she arrived, we were meeting with our friends at the Sheriffs Department, Flint Pd and Mott CC Public Safety. Great timing Officer Hayes! We put everyone to work unloading the car...￼￼ not only did we have a blast unloading the car, we also made a new friends!!! Thank you Officer Hayes for helping the young people in our community and for being so awesome!!!
The transformational power of partnerships in action￼!!!
UPAV is open for business!!!!!
Hey Students...The Campus Book Store and a few of the food￼ vendors are open for business M-F from 8-3:30 pm.
Smiling (you will have to take our word for that😃) ￼￼Public Safety Health Screening ￼Greeters will welcome you back to campus.
Please stop in and say hi… At a 6 foot distance of course 😂
Caring people supporting the Little Free Library and Read with a Cop efforts at River Village...this is so cool !
Lindsay and Hugh stopped by DPS HQ a few minutes ago and dropped off several boxes of books for the little free library. Hugh grew up in Flint and wanted to make sure the young people in the area had a wide variety of books to choose from.
If you’re interested in donating your age-appropriate children’s books to the Little Free Library and Read with Cop project, please drop them off at 602 Mill St. (UM-Flint Hubbard Building/DPS HQ). Please drop off the books outside the main doors and we’ll take it from there. ￼￼
Thanks again Lindsey and Hugh ! Your donation of children’s books will go to good use! ￼￼￼￼
The Votes are in !!!!!
The Doggone DPS has gone to the Dogs! —bring your dog to work — dog days of summer winner is…
Paisley (the Golden below). Paisley is shown with her family member Sara. Sara is one of our awesome Dispatchers.
Due to Covid-19, we did have a few remote working furry family members.
We hope that the Doggone DPS has gone to the Dogs! —bring your dog to work — dog days of summer inspires some to adopt from their local shelters and humane societies. And we hope a few smiles were shared.
Please join us and welcome Joe Dent to the Department of Public Safety!!!!
Joe joins David Arnould (standing by the door in the photo below) with providing MCard and other access control￼ services to our campus community. Joe had previously worked for ITS here on campus.￼.. hey, we can skip the tour of campus during the on boarding process￼ 😃...
Joe- good luck and we’re excited to have you on our team!!!!
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