The mission of the Bowie State University Department of Public Safety (BSUDPS) is to protect, serve, and create a safe and academically sound environment for the students, faculty, and staff at the University. The BSUDPS is responsible for providing police, security, risk management, environmental safety, parking, and identification services to the University community.
We recognize that our authority comes from the Constitution of the United States, a continually reaffirmed expression of the will of the people, and we are dedicated to upholding its expression of the fundamental value of all people.
The department serves with integrity, discretion, and expediency, and in a fair, proper, and thorough manner. The conduct of each member of the department will be professional and honorable. We work with other organizations to create a campus environment that is socially rich and diverse.
We view our community and our employees as invaluable assets whose welcome diversity encourages us to strive for a place where their expression and worth can flourish. We do this with the clear understanding that our ultimate responsibility is to enhance and celebrate the University experience.
The vision of the BSUDPS is to facilitate and strengthen partnerships with Bowie State University faculty, staff, and students and to ensure a safe learning environment that supports academic freedom, respect for the individual, tolerance, and the open exchange of ideas.
The Department of Public Safety operates 24 hours a day with the primary purpose of protecting life and property, enforcing fire safety regulations, and preserving peace and order. The campus police officers enforce the laws of the state of Maryland as well as regulations of the University. The officers patrol designated areas on a random and continuous basis, being alert for fire and/or safety hazards and any suspicious persons or activities. The officers’ duties include:
The officers and public safety aides give special attention to security as it relates to lighting on campus and report any irregularities or non-performance to the shift supervisor and maintenance department. They pay particular attention to trash removal from buildings and the grounds to ensure safety for the employees. They are watchful and ensure that property is not being removed by unauthorized personnel.
The officers and public safety aides exercise good judgment in dealing with employees, students, and visitors, and are humane and sympathetic to individuals and their problems as deemed appropriate.
The Department of Public Safety is a legislated police agency. University police officers are vested with full police authority under provisions of Title 13, Subtitle 6, Section 13-601, educational article, of the Annotated Code of Maryland. In addition, police officers are granted additional jurisdictional authority as prescribed in the Criminal Procedure Act, Title 2, Subtitle 1, Section 2-102.
Please send us an email at DPS@bowiestate.edu if you have any questions for the Department of Public Safety.