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University of Kansas Medical Center Public Safety

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  • The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training program, a self-defense training class for women, has been suspended due to campus, local government, and statewide mandates for social distancing and group gathering regulations. Please submit an email request to to be added to the RAD group email to receive notifications for future classes once these regulations have been relaxed.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the University of Kansas Medical Center Public Safety Department is to promote a safe environment conducive to education, research, health care, and employment. The accomplishment of this goal requires the concerted effort of every professional found within the University Public Safety Department. Whether or not you ever need the direct services offered by the department, this goal is being conscientiously pursued on your behalf.

CALEA Accreditation seal

The University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is one of only seven Kansas law enforcement agencies and the state's first and only university police department to earn "the gold standard in public safety."

Our Vision

Our departmental vision is to operate with the highest standards of excellence and intergrity in all areas.

The KU Medical Center Department of Public Safety has progressively served the University of Kansas Medical Center community for 44 years. Throughout these years, we have endeavored to promote and maintain a safe campus by building mutual trust and a cooperative relationships with the community we serve. This commitment continues today in the exceptional crime prevention and education services we strive to provide. Furthermore, we embrace the importance of effectively working as a team and in striving to deliver services to our community in an honest, impartial and faithful manner, creating a partnership of trust.

In my 32 years of service, I have seen KU Medical Center become a nationally recognized academic medical center. With a unified, highly supportive environment for education, research, health care and employment, we endeavor to maintain high levels of safety and security. We continue to improve our operations by actively and genuinely listening to the voices of our students, employees and other customers. We work with campus partners to maximize our safety profile during planning and project work for those we are sworn to serve and protect. Success in this endeavor, to maintain a safe and secure campus, requires the cooperation, understanding and efforts of everyone. We appreciate the collaboration, engagement and free communication we have with our community.

It is my continued pursuit to offer the best security services to our campus community.

James Powers, LTC
Interim Chief of Police

 Interim Chief James Powers

Last modified: Apr 12, 2021