The University of Iowa



Welcome to the UI Department of Public Safety!

Scott Beckner, Assistant Vice President and Director of Public Safety

Our mission is to provide each member of the UI community with a sense of security throughout campus by creating a safe learning environment at all times and educating students, faculty and staff in matters of protection and personal responsibility. 

Scott Beckner joined the UI in July 2016 as assistant vice president and director of public safety after nearly 30 years in law enforcement and 25 in higher education. 

As the public safety leader on campus, Beckner believes in a community policing philosophy. His approach to bringing community policing to the UI is layered, and includes:

  • Encouraging officers to have positive interactions with students where the students feel most comfortable (through participation in intramurals, community service projects, and other student-centered activities).
  • Hiring student security officers who can play an active role in peer education and enhancing campus safety.
  • Implementing other educational programs and activities that bring students and officers together.

Our department’s philosophy is that, by breaking down barriers between the students and police, a more meaningful channel of communication can be opened up for the department to receive candid feedback from students that will enable the department to better fulfill its mission.

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