Our HUDPS Police Officers are either armed Special Police Officers or unarmed Security Officers. They have been commissioned, or licensed, by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Security Officers Management Branch, and operate under their guidelines and local and federal laws. The department patrols the campus and is responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property and buildings on campus. Our mission is accomplished through crime prevention and safety education programs and regular patrol of buildings and campus grounds
Officers are required to attend the Campus Public Safety Institute prior to becoming a HUDPS Campus Police Officer and undergo continuous and extensive training to upgrade their skills. Officers are trained in first aid, CPR, and emergency medical procedures as first responders as well as other areas. They patrol the Howard University campus community areas on bicycles, on segways, on foot, on scooters and in cruisers 24 hours a day.
Our officers and investigators have developed and maintain an extremely close working relationship with MPD. This is visibly evident when special traditional events are held on campus, such as commencement and homecoming when very large crowds participate. The members of both agencies work together to reach out to the University community and the diverse urban surrounding communities to prevent and control crime while helping to solve community problems.