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Department of Public Safety

East Tennessee State University

DPS Mission and Goals

Department of Public Safety

The East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety is a professional law enforcement agency dedicated to the protection of East Tennessee State University and its diverse community. The Department has a force of twenty officers and six dispatchers to serve the campus community

Mission of the Department

To Provide for the overall safety and security of the University community and its properties in order to maintain an environment as favorable to academic excellence as possible. 

Strategy for Fulfilling Our Mission Through Our Core Values

  • Excellence- Providing exceptional service through strategic planning, high-level performance daily, and advancing preparedness in our diverse environments.
  • Professionalism- Exemplifying trusted professional service with compassion and respect for all
  • Integrity- Doing the right thing at all times and committed to being accountable for our actions or inactions
  • Community- People centered approach rooted in serving others before self


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