IU Public Safety & Police

Welcome to the home of IU Public Safety and the IU Police Department.

Indiana Code gives post-secondary educational institutions accredited by the North Central Association the authority to appoint police officers (IC 21-39-4).  The Board of Trustees and Indiana University have used that authority to form a police department -- and more recently, have unified the police departments on each campus -- forming a university-wide IU Police Department.

The Police at Indiana University have jurisdiction on any real property owned or occupied by the University and on any streets through and adjacent thereto.

The IU Police Department shares concurrent jurisdiction with surrounding city or county police by written agreement as specified by Indiana Law (IC 21-39-4-6).  Agreements are in place primarily in Lake, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Howard, Wayne, Marion, Monroe and Floyd counties.

The Indiana University Police Department works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and has direct access to the national and state law enforcement computer networks (NCIC/IDACS).

The Indiana University Police Department employs a chief at each campus and over 130 uniformed police officers who serve IU's campuses across the state.  Additionally, several part time police officers and student cadets assist with all functions of public safety at Indiana University.  The full time and part time officers are all fully certified as law enforcement officers by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board.  These officers meet the same standards as all other law enforcement officers in the State of Indiana.

Many of the officers at the Indiana University Police Department possess specializations in a myriad of areas.  Among the employees, there are instructors in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, HAZMAT, CPR, Domestic Violence, First Aid, Survival Tactics, Strategies and Tactics of Patrol Stops, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.

Please explore these pages, designed to provide general information about public safety, crime prevention and reporting, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Related Blog Posts

  • Originally published on Dec. 23, this post discusses the involvement of police officers from IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU Northwest and IU Southeast in the Shop with a Cop program.
  • Debbi Fletcher, director of emergency management and continuity for IU Bloomington, and Jerry Minger, IU superintendent of public safety, took reader questions about IU Notify and campus safety.
  • Classes were not in session when a full-scale active shooter exercise was conducted at IU Bloomington on Nov. 25. But students and IU employees don’t need a formal exercise to think about possible actions they can take during a shooter scenario.
  • Sergio Santiago believes in hard work. The full-time student and part-time police officer has demonstrated his work ethic in the classroom and as a member of the Indiana University East Police Department. All of his hard work will pay off as Santiago receives his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at IU East’s commencement ceremony on May 16.

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