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    The Department of Safety protects DPS' students, staff and physical assets. Led by Chief Michael Eaton, the department has more than 140 team members including investigators, armed patrol officers, dispatchers, emergency preparedness professionals and campus safety officers. The department operates year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

    What we provide

    Our responsibilities are far reaching. In addition to training district staff in emergency management, we protect our stakeholders from harm and offer guidance to school administrators to enhance school safety in a wide variety of situations.

    Our communications center handles more than 20,000 calls for service each school year and also monitors all radio communications between our command and patrol staff.

    We train extensively with the Denver Police Department for a wide range of situations. Through our radio communications system, we are able to communicate with every police district in the city as well as Denver dispatch.

    We also work in collaboration with jurisdictions across the metro area, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Secret Service.

    Who to Call if You May Need to Close Your School

    As you are aware, unforeseen circumstances -- water main break, loss of power -- may force you to consider closing your school for the day. The following information outlines the communication procedures that school leaders should follow to evaluate if a school closure is necessary:

    • Step 1: Call Trena Deane, the executive director of Facilities Management, to alert her to the situation in your building. She can be reached at 720-641-7691. Trena and the Facilities team will evaluate the situation and determine the appropriate response. 
    • Step 2: Inform your Instructional Superintendent and ask your Instructional Superintendent to inform your Assistant Superintendent. 
    • Step 3: If the Facilities team determines that late start or closure is necessary, please inform the Communications team to support with messages to families. A Communications team member can be reached at 720-448-3751. 
    • Step 4: Trena Deane will notify Transportation Services, the Department of Safety and Enterprise Management of an official close. Transportation Services will coordinate and determine student drop-off. All students must be met at a drop-off location by a family member. If you have questions or concerns, contact Nicole Portee, executive director of Transportation Services, at 303-909-0452. 
    • Step 5: Inform your staff to let them know of the late start or closure.
    • Step 6: Inform before- and after-school program providers if the school closes.


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  • Department of Safety
    Emily Griffith Campus
    1860 Lincoln St. 
    Denver, CO 80203
    Dispatch: 720-423-3911
    Fax: 720-423-3474

    Mike Eaton is the Chief of the Department of Safety.

    Mike Eaton
    Chief of Safety

    Robert Grossaint
    Deputy Chief of Safety

    Valerie Barrientos
    Commander of Campus Safety

    Melissa Craven
    Commander of Emergency Management

    Communications Center (Dispatch)
    Phone: 720-423-3911

    For Access Control and Badging:


  • Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.

    Call: 1-877-542-7233

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    To schedule a staff or student training please contact Melissa Craven or Jane Lineman.