Security Services

The security component of the University of Utah - Department of Public Safety is broken up into two division, Hospital and Main Campus.  Both Divisions are managed by a Lieutenant and perform a variety of functions.  Security is mainly tasked with providing a presence, maintaining building security and providing quality customer service.

MAIN CAMPUS

The University of Utah Campus Security Division consists of one police lieutenant, one police sergeant, 21 full time and 7 part time security officers. Several Campus Security Officers are on duty and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Campus Security Division works closely with the University Police to coordinate personal safety and property protection throughout campus. Campus Security Officers are responsible for conducting safety patrols, the locking and unlocking of buildings, the monitoring of campus wide security cameras, safety escorts and motorist assists.


Many students, faculty and staff need to be on campus at night or at odd hours. In order to increasesecurity throughout campus we are committed to provide you a safety escort (either on foot or in avehicle) to your dorm, vehicle or buildings on campus.
This service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If possible, call ahead to arrange a safety escort.
Please note that we do not provide off campus safety escorts.


Security Officers conduct routine foot patrols in buildings and around campus daily. The focus of thesepatrols is to provide building security, personal safety of students and staff. The foot patrols maintain anactive security presence throughout the campus, which assists with crime prevention.


Security Officers patrol campus parking lots and streets throughout the day and night utilizing vehicles,Segway’s and Kubota’s. The focus of these patrols is to provide not only security checks but to expedite aresponse on campus if needed.


Did you leave your keys in the car? If you are locked out of your car for any reason, you can call PublicSafety Dispatch at 585-COPS (2677). Our trained Security Officers will respond and gain entry into your vehicle with the utilization of special tools.  When you call, please let the dispatcher know the location of your vehicle, along with the color, make and model. Also note any special situations: for instance if the vehicle is running or if a child is inside. Please realize that you will need to sign a form waiving liability to the U for any damage to your vehicle that may result from accessing your car.
 
If you discover your vehicle will not start and you believe it is a battery issue call University Police dispatch at 585-COPS (2677).  Advise the dispatcher you need assistance jump-starting your vehicle.Be prepared to supply the dispatcher with a complete description of your vehicle including make, model,color and license plate number. You will also need to tell the dispatcher specifically where your vehicle is located. To assist the officer in finding your vehicle, raise the hood and watch for the officer.

Deputy Chief Rick Mclenon

Sgt. Garth Smith

Corporal Greg Mills

Corporal Ron Jardines

Corporal Carlos Blanski

Corporal Patrick Randall


 

HOSPITAL SECURITY

The Hospital Operations Security Division is responsible for the security and safety of the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics.  The Security Division is broken into two specific areas:  University of Utah Health Sciences /School of Medicine {HSC Officers} and The Huntsman Cancer Hospital/Institute {HCI Officers}.  Hospital Security Officers work 24/7 shifts and patrol all areas of the University Hospital, clinics, research facilities, buildings and parking structures. Hospital Security Operations has its own dispatch office that has a direct link with the University of Utah Department of Public Safety as well as with the University Hospital Emergency Management Department.

HSC Officers are responsible for all buildings affiliated with the main hospital including the West Pavilion, Moran Eye Center, School of Medicine, Eccles Critical Care Pavilion, Clinical Neurosciences Center, parking structures and the bridges that connect to Primary Children’s, Moran and CNC.  Because the University Hospital is a Trauma I center HSC Security Officers have a major role assisting in the Emergency Department with helicopter offloads, crisis patients, and staff/patient/visitor safety concerns.

HCI Officers are responsible for all areas affiliated with the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Research, HCI/HCH Annex, parking structures and a new research facility scheduled to open in 2017.  Because the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Research Facility are world renowned, hospital security officers are often called upon to assist with dignitary protection, as was the case when the Dali Lama and Vice President Biden visited in 2016.

Hospital Security Officers respond to all calls for service that range from customer service calls, alarms, assisting with dignitary visits, lost children and citizens, injuries, traffic control, and exposure to contagious or infectious diseases.  Hospital Security Officers respond to criminal disturbances and crimes and are exposed to potentially dangerous or stressful situations that necessitate the use of both self-control and physical force.  The Security Officers work very closely with their University of Utah Police Officers as well as law enforcement officers from other federal, local and state jurisdictions.  Hospital Security Officers monitor and control access to the buildings, monitor CCTV cameras and respond to other security problems as needed. 

Hospital Security Officers are required to attend extensive training as part of their job.  In addition to a Field Training Officer program and Crisis Prevention Training, Hospital Security Officers are required to maintain yearly training in the following areas:  restraints, arrest control tactics, fire, HazMat, radiological monitoring and Air Med Cart training.  Hospital Security Officers are also provided with the opportunity to obtain certification through the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).  Hospital Security Officers also attend training through both the University of Utah Department of Public Safety, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and the University of Utah Hospital.

As mentioned above, the Hospital Security Division is broken in to two specific areas of responsibility -   University of Utah Health Care/School of Medicine and The Huntsman Cancer Hospital/Institute.  Below are some statistics regarding the two separate areas.


  • Total Calls for Service to date - 43,054
  • Helicopter Offloads - 1,106
  • Crisis Patients - 1, 762
  • Use of Force - 136
  • Patrols - 1,569
  • Escorts - 2,705


  • 176 – 200 calls for service per month (about 2,200 calls for service to date).
  • Calls include escorts, door locks/unlocks, alarms, patient/visitor issues, medical assists and criminal assists for the police department.


Lt. Lynn Rohland

Sgt. Brian McCollum

Corporal Zach Kurtz

Corporal Dawn Pfieffer

Corporal Kelvin Poindexter

Corporal Dodd Clark