About Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is dedicated to providing the safest possible learning, living, and working environment for members of our university community and their families. As USU is an open campus, we provide the same focus to all those that visit our beautiful campuses. We do this through the coordinated efforts of three branches: USU Police, Emergency Management, and Fire Marshal.

As times change, so too do the threats that face us as a community. Addressing these threats requires that everyone take ownership for overall safety. The Department of Public Safety provides education and resources so we all can understand potential risks and be prepared and empowered to deal with them. If you see something that is wrong or not in keeping with university standards of conduct, please say something.

Our department has a commitment to transparency and open communication with those we serve. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or needs, no matter how large or small. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Ellis Bruch 
Executive Director
USU Department of Public Safety

Ellis Bruch

Ellis Bruch

Executive Director
Department of Public Safety


To protect and serve students, faculty, and staff, by creating an environment where the entire campus community embraces their individual responsibility for safety.


Utah State University Department of Public Safety supports the mission of the University through ensuring a safe and secure environment while improving the quality of life for all those living, learning, and working within our campus community through education, prevention and collaboration.

Core Values

  • Integrity: We hold all public safety personnel to the highest ethical standards at all times.
  • Service: We place the needs of our campus community above our own at all times and strive to go the extra mile when providing service.
  • Accountability and Trust: We accept full responsibility for our actions. We value trust and respect, which must be earned.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We value diversity and are dedicated to respecting differences and inclusion to create a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Excellence and Professionalism: We continually exceed the expectations of our community through a dedication to professionalism and excellence.

Strategic Priorities

  • Prevent Harm Against Persons: We will prevent harm by identifying threats and vulnerabilities through the implementation of risk reduction strategies.
  • Protect Assets: We will be vigilant in preventing loss and damage to infrastructure as well as personal and intellectual property.
  • Ensure Compliance: We will ensure policies, practices, and operations meet the highest ethical and equitable standards and requirements.
  • Improve Quality of Life: We will proactively engage with our community while providing responsive, professional, and compassionate service.
  • Organizational Development: We will invest in the professional development of DPS personnel and continuously work to improve our effectiveness.

Agency-Specific Objectives