The Eastern Michigan University Police Department (EMUPD) is committed to providing an inclusive environment for students to be inspired, for faculty and staff to inspire and for the many visitors who enjoy the cultural, sporting and charity events to feel a sense of safety and security while on campus. EMU PD is open to the public 24/7 and offers a full array of emergency notification programs and alarm systems. Support staff monitor the approximately 1000 cameras that surround campus as well as dispatch emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
EMU police officers are MCOLES certified through the State of Michigan with full arrest authority. In addition to the licensing requirements regulated by the state, officers are engaged in continuous professional development training in explicit/implicit bias, cultural sensitivity, verbal de-escalation, autism awareness as well as a duty to intervene and the use of force. EMU police officers are part of the Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance and are sworn in the City of Ypsilanti and deputized with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
EMU PD offers the ALICE program, RAD for men, women and non-binary students and SEEUS student escort service. A full complement of safety programs for in-coming student and through residence hall programs are offered throughout the school year. EMU students and staff are eligible to receive personal defense spray and personal safety alarms from EMU PD.
A strong working relationship with campus partners such as the Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility, Title IX, Residence Life, student organizations and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) embodies the partnership needed for a safe campus. Lastly, EMU PD is a working partner with the Public Safety Oversight Committee (PSOC). Transparency, accountability and collaboration are essential qualities of EMU PD.
EMU PD staff reflect these principals and their commitment to providing a safe and inclusive college experience, with our programs and services.
Chief Matthew J. Lige