Interim Chief Presents New U-M Public Safety Division To University Committee

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One cause of the lapse between the discovery of suspected child pornography on a University of Michigan Hospital employee’s computer and the beginning of an investigation was the lack of a direct link between hospital security and U-M Police.

Under the new U-M Division of Public Safety and Security, that link has been established.

Interim Director Joe Piersante met with the Senate Assembly Monday afternoon to explain details on the reformed public safety department. The main difference between the new division and the former U-M Department of Public Safety is Hospital Security, Housing Security, U-M Police and Security departments all report directly to Piersante and are now employees of the division instead of all being separate entities.

Piersante said police will investigate all reports of crimes at U-M Hospital or university housing, but those security departments will still have their own identity.

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