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The patrol unit is primarily charged with the preservation of peace and order at the university.  The patrol officers enforce federal laws, state statutes, and university regulations.  The unit is responsible for the prevention of crime, the investigation of crimes that occur on campus, the apprehension of offenders, and the recovery of stolen property. 

The patrol unit has the largest allocation of manpower, with 25 commissioned law enforcement officers.  The patrol unit consists of a patrol Deputy Chief, 6 patrol sergeants, and 18 patrol officers.  This is the most visible unit of the department as they are in squad cars, on foot patrols, and on Segway patrols. This is the unit that delivers most of the required police services to the community.

Responsibilities not only include documenting and investigating crimes, but also responding to all emergencies that occur on campus including crimes, medical emergencies, and fires.  The patrol unit also investigates vehicular and non-vehicular accidents, and enforces traffic ordinances.  Some other responsibilities not traditionally associated with law enforcement include motorist assists, office lockouts, safety escorts, and a variety of other citizen requests for assistance.

Police Officers in the KU Office of Public Safety are fully commissioned police officers certified by the State of Kansas as established under Kansas Statutes Annotated, 76-726. To become certified as a police officer, a Police Officer Trainee must undergo 560 hours of basic training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Following graduation, they must complete 240 hours of in-house training before moving on to patrol. In patrol, the Police Officer Trainee must satisfactorily complete 400 hours of ride-a-long training with a Field Training Officer (FTO). Only then will the new Police Officer become available for general police assignments.

In 2018, the department added an explosive ordnance device (EOD) canine to the patrol unit. Canine “Phog” and his handler train regularly with the Kansas Highway Patrol, and other local agencies. In addition to their regular patrol duties, Phog and his handler conduct protective sweeps at many campus gatherings and sporting events.

Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The patrol unit officers work ten-hour shifts with three overlapping squads. Ten-hour shifts have been in place for years and have proved beneficial to our community. The shift configuration allows for additional manpower during periods of increased activity, allowing for better police coverage and service.

Contact the head of the patrol unit, Deputy Chief John Dietz, by phone at 785-864-5900, or email jdietz@ku.edu

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