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Overview

The Department of Public Safety is here to protect everyone on campus, and serve the community. DPS aims to provide a secure, and informed campus environment. Gallaudet’s Public Safety Officers, assistant supervisors, and supervisors are considered Special Police Officers and are commissioned by the District of Columbia. As commissioned Special Police Officers, they may arrest people without a warrant for offenses committed on the Gallaudet campus. Campus Police Officers and dispatchers are on duty 24 hours each day, 365 days a year. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, on Segways, and in marked and unmarked vehicles. There is a supervisor and/or assistant supervisor on duty during each shift. Dispatchers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch with specialized training in response to police, fire, and medical emergencies.

What to do in an emergency

Contact the Department of Public Safety first during an emergency. We have a direct line to the D.C. Office of Unified Command, which enables us to get a quicker, more efficient response from DPS, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), or the D.C. Fire and EMS Department (DCFEMS). Our trained dispatchers have the ability to reach the correct emergency response teams quickly and provide them the necessary information.

While DPS coordinates with city officials to arrange immediate assistance; our officers will provide first aid services and guide emergency response teams to the incident, as needed. If you bypass DPS, responding city officials will not have the exact information they need. Time is precious and details are needed to provide the appropriate response to an emergency situation. DPS has resources at their disposal to provide what is needed.

Communication Center – Emergencies

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Email us at Contact or call or text us at (202) 651-5555.

The dispatcher center does not have videophones. Video relay services operators are trained in handling 911 emergency calls, thus allowing us to complete the calls quickly.

Communication Center – Non-Emergencies

(202) 651-5444 (tty)
(202) 651-5445 (voice)
Contact (email)

Campus Police

Campus Police Officers and dispatchers are on duty 24 hours each day, 365 days a year. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, Segways, and in marked and unmarked vehicles. There is a supervisor and/or assistant supervisor on duty during each shift. DPS is located in Carlin Hall on the ground floor.

Gate Hours

The 8th Street gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by DPS personnel.

Authority

Gallaudet’s Public Safety Officers, assistant supervisors, and supervisors are considered “special police officers” and are commissioned by the District of Columbia. They have the same powers as law enforcement officers to arrest without a warrant for offenses committed on the Gallaudet campus. They may also arrest outside of Gallaudet if they are in fresh pursuit for an offense committed on campus.

Dispatchers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch with specialized training in response to police, fire, and medical emergencies.

DPS Hours

Monday – 24hr

Tuesday – 24hr

Wednesday – 24hr

Thursday – 24hr

Saturday – 24hr

Friday – 24hr

Sunday – 24hr

Including all weekends and holidays, DPS never closes


Contact information

(202) 651-5555 (Text and Voice)
dps@gallaudet.edu

Parking and ID Desk

Hours of Operations:

Monday to Friday – 8am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 5pm
Closed for University holidays and closures

(202) 250-2700 (videophone)
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Office Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The Access Control office is responsible for the budgetary, financial, human resource, and facilities operations of the university system.

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FAQs

Policies and Information
Please send a detailed email to the Director of Public Safety requesting a lifting of your PNG. Include as much information about the initial incident and contact information. Refer to the Barring Policy for more details.
You can appeal your parking ticket by filling out this form and submitting it to the DPS Parking and ID desk. Please allow two weeks for a response to your appeal.
If you are a victim of sexual assault and need medical attention, please contact DPS through email or phone (202-651-5445), or otherwise contact the D.C. Fire and EMS Department through 911 for transport to a hospital. You can report any sexual misconduct to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and we will investigate your assault. DPS will help facilitate any criminal or administrative process that the victim wishes to proceed with and will cooperate with outside law enforcement and will also carry out other on-campus administrative procedures. Please refer to this link for more information. Or contact us.
The special police officers are sworn officers with full jurisdiction on the campus of Gallaudet University. While a majority of their duties involve serving and assisting the community, they can investigate crimes, use force if necessary, and make arrests.
While we have several Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers that are deaf and are native signers, we have many hearing officers that learned American Sign Language (ASL) while on the job. We do not require ASL skills before hiring. During the hiring process, we look for officers that are willing to learn a new language and culture and, if hired, we require them to take and pass ASL courses provided by the university. We always ask the community to participate in our officer training and learning of a new language by engaging our officers in conversation to enhance their skills.
Persona Non Grata is a type of enforcement the University uses to protect the students, staff, and faculty from persons who were identified by DPS as someone who did not adhere to University policy or D.C. Criminal Code. Most times, a person is put on PNG for a year before they can appeal to be removed from the list. Because we are a private university, we can exercise the PNG process for non-students as a protective measure for our community even without any D.C. criminal procedure or University administrative process.
Services and Support
Yes, we are open all day, every day. You can call (202) 651-5555 or contact us for emergencies and routine matters. Emails are received and responded to immediately. You can also walk into our lobby. We are located on the ground floor of Carlin Residence Hall, located just across the street from the baseball field.

Contact Us

Public Safety

Patrick Rader

Carlin Hall Basement

(202) 651-5445

(202) 651-5555

Monday
12:00 am-12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am-12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am-12:00 am
Friday
12:00 am-12:00 am
Saturday
Closed
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