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Cyber kidnapping warning

In light of a recent “cyber kidnapping” in Utah involving a 17-year-old foreign exchange student from China, the University of Utah Department of Public Safety cautions all campus community members, especially international students, to be mindful of these types of scams.  In a cyber or virtual kidnapping scam, the perpetrator convinces a person their family […]

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Exemplary service, compassion shine bright at annual awards banquet

In a solemn and heartfelt ceremony, the University of Utah Department of Public Safety recently held its annual awards banquet, recognizing individuals whose unwavering dedication and outstanding contributions have significantly enhanced the safety and well-being of the university community. Among the recipients, Sergeant Cody McGuire was posthumously awarded the Exemplary Performance Citation, a tribute to […]

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University bolsters campus equity with new appointments

The University of Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added critical expertise to its Racist and Bias Incident Response Team (RBIRT) to better provide coordinated and thoughtful responses to incidents on campus. Rebecca Titze will serve as special assistant to the chief safety officer. Ana Ascencio will serve as program manager for RBIRT. “We […]

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Home Security Safety Tips

Home security is important not only for those living off-campus but also for those living on-campus! There are multiple ways you can immediately improve your safety. It is crucial to update your home security to protect yourself and others in the community!

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Public Transportation Safety

Here at the University of Utah, there are a variety of public transportation services. It’s important to take proactive measures when it comes safety on public transit. Explore how students can prioritize their safety and become confident in their ability to use public transportation.

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Day in the Life of K9 Eva

Come along on a day in the life of one of our K9s here at the safety department. Eva is a dutch shepherd, that has been a certified explosive detective for two years. She also does tracking and trailing of missing persons. Our K9s are incredibly dedicated to protecting our community, whether searching for missing […]

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Redefining the role: why “peace officers” embody productivity and positivity

For some community members, especially those of marginalized backgrounds, the presence of police officers can cause them to feel unwelcome, unwanted, and unsafe. The introduction of peace officers felt like an important step to create a more trusting and genuine relationship between officers and campus community members.  What is a peace officer? The term “peace […]

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