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Start By Believing

There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for “bringing it on yourself.” It should be the same with sexual violence. Rape and sexual assault are just as unpredictable, just as devastating. But all too often, victims who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. A terrifying attack becomes a source of shame, not support. And the pain—and shame—ripples with destructive effects on families, communities, and the very fabric of our society. Sexual violence hurts everyone. —brochure developed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to introduce the Start by Believing public awareness campaign   Delaware State University Police Department Embraces the "Start By Believing" Public Awareness Campaign Delaware State University Police Department shares in the concern for victims of sexual violence and the desire to support their needs for justice. Research estimates that as many as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of sexual assault in their lifetimes (Center for Disease Control, 2012 Summary Report), yet most will not report the crime to law enforcement (U.S. Department of Justice, Victimization Not Reported to the Police, 2006-2010); and research documents that victims are most likely to disclose their sexual assault to a friend or family member, and when these loved ones respond with doubt, shame or blame, victims suffer additional negative effects on their physical and psychological well-being (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network); Delaware State University Police department embraces  "Start By Believing" public awareness to improve the responses of victims of sexual assault so that we can help victims to access supportive resources and engage the criminal justice system.  Make your personal commitment to Start by Believing. 

Don’t be afraid to take the first step, we will meet you half way; We start by believing!

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Delaware State University Police
Anonymous Tip Line:302.857.7918

DSU PD Sexual Assault response team members

Sgt. Joi Simmons

Ptlm. Jennifer Bastianelli

Delaware State Police Victim Services 
1-800-VICTIM-1 (in state)
302.659.6823 (from outside of Delaware)
The Victim Service Section of the Delaware State Police is available 24 hours a day.


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Candy Young

Director of Judicial Affairs 
Paula Duffy

Student Health Center 

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Community Service

27th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run  The 27th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run began June 5, 2013 at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. The three-day event, which supports Special Olympics Delaware, will span 160 miles before it ends Friday at the University of Delaware’s stadium, where the Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be delivered to kick off the 2013 Summer Games. Special Olympics Delaware provides a year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays.More than 4,000 volunteers work to make this program possible for the more than 3,500 athletes who compete in the games. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem for everyone involved. Yesterday torch runners started at Lewes, Georgetown and Delmar before trailing to Milford, Harrington, Dover, Smyrna and Odessa.The runners will  continue Friday from state police Troop 9 in Odessa and will proceed to Wilmington police headquarters, where a 1:20 p.m. celebration will be held before commencing the final leg to the University of Delaware. Josh Abrams, (4th from right) an officer with the DSU Public Safety Department, participates in the Torch Run   

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Delaware Chapter of NOBLE

  The National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is an organization founded in 1976.   Chapters are the core of NOBLE and are a vital link in carrying out the mission of the organization. NOBLE consists of 56 chapters in six regions throughout the United States and one chapter in the Caribbean.   Chapters provide an organizational structure for members to enrich and improve programs within their own communities and respond to issues and concerns. As NOBLE members, we realize our responsibility to give back to the community by participating in community outreach activities and programs. NOBLE chapters also provide members networking opportunities, professional development, and local and regional meetings and training.   All chapters must receive an official charter from the National Office and directly report to their assigned Regional Vice President. This charter is an official document which means a chapter has met all certification requirements.   Chapters elect their own officers, operate semi-autonomously, and are required to follow the National Constitution & Bylaws and the National Fiscal Standards



Delaware Chapter
James Overton
Chief of Police
Delaware State University
Chapter President
Joseph Bryant, Jr.
DRBA Police
Chapter Vice President
Det. Anthony Harris
Wilmington Police
Chapter Treasurer
Ernest R. Frazier, Sr. J.D.
Chapter Parliamentarian
Tracy Channel
Delaware State University
Chapter Secretary
Oriey Glenn
U.S.Postal Service
Chapter Federal Advisor
Board of Advisors
Major Nate McQueen-DSP
Lt. John Treadwell-NCCPD
S/CPL. Michele Hinson – NCCPD
Pfc. David Cajuste-NCCPD
Off. Scott Saunders-MPD

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Emergency Alert

Mass Notification System The DSU Emergency Alert system enables the University to provide timely notification of any potential or actual emergency / threat that may exist – whether it is a weather event, an environmental mishap such as a chemical leak, a fire, a criminal threat or any other type of emergency.  In the case of any such emergency, DSU will have the capability to contact you immediately via cell phone (both voice and text message), home or residence hall phone, email, Facebook and Twitter, to inform you of what has transpired and what precautions are needed.   The DSU Emergency Alert broadcasts messages to any and all means of contact provided; therefore, it is incumbent upon the University community to provide and update contact information as it becomes available and/or changes. Instant Alert - Honeywell   Please read the disclaimer in bold print, and click the logo below it to log-in and subscribe to the DSU Emergency Alert system! Disclaimer: Any and all information requested by Delaware State University (DSU) is strictly for the purposes of the DSU Emergency Alert system. The University will not under any circumstances distribute or sell any of the information provided; unless express consent is given by the provider. The information requested will be stored internally and used to instantly alert the provider of any and all emergencies that may provide a clear and present danger. If in fact the information requested is not provided, the University will not be held liable or responsible if individual parties cannot be reached in the case of an emergency. Instructions in PDF Format  


Security Enforcement of Campus and University Rules and Ethics The S.E.C.U.R.E. Program began November 13, 2005. This program is designed to improve safety on campus by detecting safety hazards, enforcing parking and roadway violations, and to inform the campus community of Public Safety activities.   Announcement   Mass Notification System October 16, 2013: The DSU Emergency Alert Mass Notification System  is now ready and available to accept contact information from students, staff and faculty. You will find the log-in instructions link on the main DSU Public Safety webpage.  

Police Department

Message from the Chief of Police We Are Committed to Serve & Protect The primary responsibility of the Delaware State University Police Department is to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and all who work and visit our University; and we solicit your support and active participation in our safety and security efforts. Police Department personnel work closely with federal, state and local enforcement agencies to gather intelligence and resources utilized in proactive policing at Delaware State University. Equally important is the relationship with our community partners who provide diverse resources which aid in the overall mission of the University-Safety. The Continuing safety initiatives of the Delaware State University Police Department: A progressive highly visible patrol force A mass notification system An expansive Emergency Blue Light System A proactive Crime Prevention program, designed to educate and inform all university personnel on the "best practices" to take to avoid becoming a victim. And a vibrant partnership with various student groups, our staff, and faculty, as well as with Dover Police, Delaware State University Police, and our other law enforcement partners. Harry W. Downes, Jr. Chief of Police Director of Public Safety MISSION STATEMENT The Delaware State University Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of service to our citizens. Acting in partnership with the community, we will be proactive and provide a responsive and flexible approach to quality-of-life issues. VISION STATEMENT The Delaware State University Police Department’s vision is “to support the administrative and financial performance of the University and provide a safe and healthy physical plant for students, faculty, staff and the public.” The department’s efforts include preventive measures through education and enforcement, which promote awareness and individual responsibility in an effort to prevent criminal and safety mishaps. About Police Department The Delaware State University Police Department employs both sworn and non-sworn officers.  Sworn Delaware State University police officers authority is derived from Delaware Code Title 11 § 1911,  which acknowledges the Delaware State University Police Department sworn officers to be in compliance with the Council of Police Training.  As such, the Department is a legally appointed law enforcement agency whose sworn personnel have all the powers of law enforcement officers generally, including the legal authority to carry and use firearms in defense of the State, as defined in the Delaware Constitution, Article 1, § 20, in the performance of their duties.   Security officers successfully complete the basic security officers training; and both sworn and non-sworn officers attend in-service training annually. As a community-oriented policing organization, we are committed to a partnership with the community in which we pledge to provide high-quality community policing programs and services. Our mission is to work with all members of the campus and the communities to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and ultimately enhance the quality of life on campus and in the community. The University Police Department is located on campus in the Public Safety Building which is directly behind the Price Building. Telephone: 302.857.7911 On-Campus Emergency 4444 24 hour Dispatch: 302.857.7911  The DSU Police Department currently employs 30 sworn and non-sworn members. This number includes the Chief of Police, Operational officers and Administrative staff. window.onload = function() { document.getElementById("activeShooter").style.display = "inline"; //.style.visibility='visible'; };

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On Campus Emergency 4444
Tip Line: 302.857.7918

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Campus Security

Safety The Delaware State University Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency throughout the University, responsible for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors.  The Delaware State University Police Department is a 24-hours, 7 days a week fully operational law enforcement agency, located at 1200 N. DuPont Hwy (Bldg 52), Dover, DE 19901; contact number is 302-857-7911.  Delaware State University Police Department is governed by Policy & Procedure and General Orders Manual, as well as University-wide Policies. The Department consists of armed Police Officers who have the authority to make arrest, and unarmed Security Officers who do not have arrest powers, but the right to detain. COMPLAINT AGAINST DSU POLICE PERSONNEL: It is the policy of the Delaware State University Police Department to investigate any and all complaints or reports of employee misconduct. Any member, student, employee and/or parent can file a complaint against a member of the DSU Police Department.  When a complaint has been filed from a person outside of the Police Department, the complaint is not needed in writing. Once a complaint has been filed against a department member, the Administrative Lieutenant will conduct a thorough internal investigation of the allegation in accordance with Delaware state law, the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, and Delaware State University Police Department Policy and Procedures. complaint form. Police Department also keeps comprehensive records on all law enforcement/security activities and actions, in accordance with the Clery Act federal law: Dover Campus Clery Report Walking Escort Service The Delaware State University Police Department is dedicated to the safety and security of the campus community it serves. The Police Department provides an escort service on campus which consists of a walking partner for students, staff, faculty and visitors to or from any location on campus or within the designated escort perimeter. The escort service is conducted by Police Department Personnel and DSU Police Cadets, and is operational nightly. To arrange for escorts, contact DSU Police 302-857-7911, and an Officer/Cadet will be dispatched to your location.  Cadets wear identifiable clothing, to include a DSU Police Cadet Uniform, displaying a patch which reads “Delaware State University Cadet”, and are equipped with a means of communication and a flashlight.  Safety Corner Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Walk with a confident attitude. Avoid walking alone at night. Walk in a group or take the University shuttle when possible. If those things are not possible, call the DSU Police Department for an escort When walking alone, make sure to use well-lighted paths and sidewalks while taking the most direct route Use crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signals to safely cross streets All suspicious activity should be reported to the Delaware State University Police Department (302-857-7911) immediately. The timely reporting of information is key to a successful investigation, the recovery of stolen property and a successful prosecution (criminal and/or judicial) Keep your doors locked. Do not prop open residence doors Do not lend your keys, ID card or PDI card to anyone! Report maintenance problems (broken locks, windows, etc.) to Residence Life immediately.  Attend Security Awareness programs held on campus throughout the school year. Identify your valuables! Register your valuables (computer, bicycle, stereo, etc.) with the DSU Police Department Be aware of campus and local crime trends. Remember to educate yourself because you are your best protection