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Officers at Housing FairThe Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) Community Engagement Unit engages and partners with students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors to educate and inform about preventing crime and safety hazards on campus. We encourage our community members to take a proactive approach to safeguarding themselves and others. Together, we can make the University of Michigan a safer and more secure place to study, work, live and heal.

Our Services

Community Engagement provides the following services to the U-M community:

For more information about these services, contact us!

  • Phone: (734) 763-3434
  • Email:
  • Visit in person: Campus Safety Services Building, 1239 Kipke Drive (close to Michigan Stadium) M-F from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our Goals

Our Community Engagement team aims to:

  • Connect with the U-M community through innovative lifelong learning opportunities
  • Engage in dialogue about safety, awareness and community development
  • Strengthen relationships and facilitate partnerships

Our Approach

Our Community Engagement Unit—a diverse team of officers from the U-M Police Department (UMPD), Housing Security and Michigan Medicine Security—works together with the U-M community to provide education, timely communication and community engagement. We empower community members to take charge of their own safety and collaborate with DPSS to make a safer and more secure campus.

Who We Are

Police Seargent Gary Hicks

Gary Hicks

Police Sergeant
(734) 763-3434

Sgt. Gary Hicks serves as community engagement supervisor and develops educational and safety programs.

Favorite quote: “You can NOT be a leader unless you like people! You’ve got to spend time with them, so you know them. You’ve got to be interested in who they are, what they do away from the job, and how they think.” Bo Schembechler

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 A world-class track & field athlete, Gary has several years of experience as a sports coach and high school teacher. Gary began his police career in Detroit. In addition to his U-M duties, Gary also is a part-time faculty at the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy. Gary earned a B.A. degree in kinesiology with a minor in theater/acting from U-M. As a martial arts black belt instructor, Gary helps others reach their self-defense and fitness goals. He also is an accomplished musician.