Topics: Department of Public Safety

UNC's Department of Public Safety is a sworn police force that protects UNC students, faculty and facilities. North Carolina law gives universities the power to establish campus law enforcement agencies and gives UNC police officers jurisdiction over all property owned by the University and any roads that pass through that property or border it.

An agreement with Chapel Hill Police gives DPS jurisdiction to respond to suspicious, criminal or emergency issues on sections of Franklin and Rosemary streets. DPS also has jurisdiction over Granville Towers. Chapel Hill Police and DPS work together frequently, both in handling special events at the University and in investigating off-campus crimes committed on the property of off-campus student organizations. DPS officers conduct safety demonstrations and lectures throughout campus to help increase safety awareness. The department also manages Alert Carolina and oversees parking on campus.

DPS is one of only 28 college police departments accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The department became nationally accredited in November 1995, making it one of about 600 law enforcement agencies out of 17,000 to earn the honor.

State audit finds troopers in violation of highway patrol residency policy

Several troopers within the State Highway Patrol may not live close to the county in which they work, according to a recent report by the Office of the State Auditor. 

Signs and student belongings removed from in front of Silent Sam


The UNC Department of Public Safety removed signs and  belongings of the Students of Silent Sam at around 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, as the group responded with chants of “this is what democracy looks like.” 

Campus, town police review options


 Following the attack in Charlottesville, the Chapel Hill Police Department is using experience from other communities and past events to prepare for potential conflict.  

Updated: Fences go up around Silent Sam


Chancellor Carol Folt sent a campus wide email  this afternoon about a possible rally that may occur tomorrow evening concerning the Silent Sam statue.  

Fondling reported in Davis Library

Campus police are currently investigating an incident of a male fondling a female without consent.

Restrictive housing prevalent in N.C. prisons

Almost 8 percent of the prison population in North Carolina was in restrictive housing at the time of a study conducted by the N.C. Department of Public Safety and the Vera Institute of Justice. 

Alert Carolina message not sent for East Rosemary Street bank robbery

Following an armed robbery of PNC Bank on East Rosemary Street Tuesday afternoon, the University did not send an Alert Carolina message to students via text or email.

Alert Carolina balances threat with proximity to avoid unnecessary alarm


In the 24-hour period following the off-campus shooting of Deah Barakat and Yusor and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in February 2015, four Alert Carolina emails were sent to notify community members of the triple homicide. No text messages were sent.

University departments had to think on their feet to get through water crisis


When Chapel Hill’s water source was shut down on Friday, the University didn't have a specific procedure, but had to use other emergency plans to make the best of things.

NC General Assembly to consider changing age at which juveniles are tried as adults

North Carolina and New York are the only two states in the nation that still try 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of crime committed.

UNC first-year reports being followed across campus, into dorm by stranger


On Monday around 5 p.m., first-year Nicole Montegrico was followed by a suspicious person into Everett Residence Hall.

Ohio State attack prompts UNC Public Safety to plan

Eleven people were injured after a student at The Ohio State University drove a car into a group of people Monday morning, left the vehicle and stabbed passers-by with a knife, according to authorities.

25,000 people and just 1 arrest on Franklin Street Halloween this year


Franklin Street drew in crowds of about 25,000 costumed people for Halloween celebrations Monday night, but there was only one arrest made during the event.

Department of Public Safety officers undergo 12 weeks of training


The Department of Public Safety aims to serve and protect the UNC community, and members of the department say being an officer involves extensive and ongoing training.

Former South Road crossing guard says he was denied raise from parking company


Student life goes on despite Hurricane Matthew


While Hurricane Matthew swept across North Carolina, UNC campuses had to find ways to keep students safe.

Clery Report shows increase in reported interpersonal violence

The 2016 Clery Act report was released by the University Friday, providing statistics on crimes committed on campus in the last year.

Alarms go off in Davis Library, but no fire

A fire alarm went off around noon on Monday at Davis Library.

Department of Public Safety spokesperson Randy Young said the Chapel Hill Fire Department was investigating after the alarm went off on the second floor.

'Trying not to attract attention' — catcalling is a prevalent issue at UNC


On Sept. 22, UNC student Victoria Wooten was catcalled near Spencer Residence Hall.

Staying informed — how UNC prepares in an emergency


North Campus buildings lost power in the midst of a thunderstorm Monday morning. While power was restored relatively quickly, there is still no information on the cause of the outage.