Power outage on Central and Medical campuses
June 21, 2016 -- Electricity to several buildings on Central and Medical campuses was interrupted around 1:30 p.m. today (June 21). DTE staff is actively addressing the issue.
Some buildings experienced a brief flicker, while others still have an outage as of 2:30 p.m. Reportedly no Hospitals and Health Centers buildings were impacted.
DTE and U-M Plant Operations staff estimate electricity will be fully restored yet this afternoon.
If anyone remains in a stuck elevator, please use the elevator emergency phone to contact DPSS for assistance.
UMPD swears in four new police officers
The University of Michigan Police Department welcomed four new officers during a swearing-in ceremony on May 12.
During the ceremony, the new officers-Paul Adamkowski, Aron Feltes, Frank Graeser and Elaine McLenaghan—recited the police code of ethics and their department mentors pinned on their badges.
All of the officers were previously DPSS personnel; McLenaghan, Adamkowski and Graeser worked in Hospital Security, and Feltes worked at the Communications Center.
"Being a unified Division has resulted in a broader pool of well-qualified and talented professionals, which enables us to provide opportunities for professional development and career advancement," said UMPD Captain Jason Forsberg.
"In addition, our new officers bring with them a good understanding of our organization, culture and values, as well as an established professional network within the University Health System," he said.
The four officers graduated from the Wayne County Regional Police Academy at Schoolcraft College on May 5, and all finished at the top of their class academically.
The next step in their journey is a four-month field training program.
"Here at U of M we have a lot of experienced officers and specialized units, so I am confident that our new officers will have successful careers serving our university community," Forsberg said.
U-M Police Department hosts awards ceremony
The University of Michigan Police Department honored community members and Division of Public Safety and Security personnel who made exceptional contributions to public safety over the past year during an awards ceremony held on May 10.
The awards presented included Citizen's Public Safety, Police Officer of the Year, Professional of the Year, Chief's Award, Longevity and Professional Excellence Citations.
"The Awards and Appreciation Ceremony is important, because it recognizes the achievements of not only our officers, but also the extraordinary contributions made by members of our community," said UMPD Police Chief Robert Neumann.
Chief Neumann also remarked on how the awards ceremony reflects on some of the ideals of the division as a whole. "As a division, partnering is big part of how we keep our community safe," said Neumann. "Partnering with our community allows us to to prevent the predictable, protect where vulnerable and prepare for the unexpected."
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Perry Spencer named new director of security for U-M Health System
May 11, 2016 - The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security is pleased to announce Perry Spencer as the new U-M Health System security director.
"Perry has 39 years of security, law enforcement and leadership experience, which makes him uniquely qualified for this role," said Eddie Washington, Jr., DPSS executive director.
During his 19 year tenure at U-M, Spencer spent the majority of his years managing uniformed operations for U-M Health System. He led the creation of the Guest Services Specialist program. Most recently, Spencer collaborated with the nursing leadership in the U-M Emergency Department to help reduce violent incidents and security-assisted restraints.
"Perry's history of leading through change, quality improvement, data-driven decision making and family-centered care provide him a solid foundation to lead our health system security operations into the future," said Washington.
Spencer earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor's degree in business management from Park University and a master's degree in international relations from Troy University. Before joining DPSS, Spencer served for 20 years as a U.S. Air Force security police officer.
We congratulate Perry on his new role!
UMPD K9s Nike & Tank to receive body armor
May 5, 2016 - The newest canines with the University of Michigan Police Department soon will receive body armor through a generous donation.
Nike and Tank will receive bullet- and stab-protective vests via a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests for the UMPD K9s are sponsored by Theodore Sippel of Manchester, MI, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Good Luck from the Prof." Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
"We are very pleased that Vested Interest in K9s and Mr. Sippel have provided these vests for our four-legged officers," said Jason Forsberg, UMPD captain. "Police K9s can be vulnerable to attacks as they search out suspects. These vests will help provide protection as they conduct their patrols."
Nike and Tank, both Belgian Malinois, are the third generation of canines to serve in the UMPD, a unit of the Division of Public Safety and Security. Their handlers are Officer Sue Upton and Officer Joe Dunny. The teams recently completed re-certification through the United States Police Canine Association in explosive detection, tracking and patrol work.
"Both dogs love working on campus," Dunny said, "but they especially love socializing with fans while helping protect the Big House (Michigan Stadium)."
The officers also love the 24-hour work with their partners. "There's no greater job in this world than being a K9 handler," said Upton.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.6 million. All vests are custom-made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.
Each vest has a value between $1,795 - $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average
weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout
the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities,
please call 508-824-6978.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information,
lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at :
or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA, 02718.
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