The University of Iowa

Special Event Staffing

Special Event Coordination

Portrait of UI Police Lt. Derek Hyche

Lt. Derek Hyche is the primary contact for coordinating requests for the Department of Public Safety to staff events on campus. Staff permitting, we can help you maintain a safe environment at your next event by providing either police officers or security personnel. Common requests include concerts, speakers, athletic events, parties, dances, and other similar activities.


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Lt. Derek Hyche

Desk: 319-384-2788



Special Events


In order to ensure availability of DPS staff to work the event, the Department of Public Safety requires a minimum of 10 days advance notice.


Because special events are beyond the scope of normal personnel duties, officers and security staff must be paid overtime rates. Each employee makes a different rate of pay so we can only estimate costs once we have a request form that includes information about your specific needs. 

Events will be charged a minimum of three hours for each officer regardless of the minimum hours requested.


To cancel staffing for an event, call 319-335-5022 and ask for the watch commander. Give the watch commander your name, the name of your event, the date and time of your event, contact information, and your intent to cancel the event.

The watch commander will inform personnel scheduled to work the event. If the cancellation notice occurs more than 24 hours in advance, the sponsors will not be charged. If the cancellation notice given is less than 24 hours in advance, or the event is canceled without notice, the sponsors could be charged up to a maximum of 3 three hours per scheduled person working the event. DPS and contract security personnel will be paid a minimum of three hours. DPS realizes that some events cannot be planned to the last minute as far as finish times are concerned. During regular business hours, please contact Lt. Hyche with questions or concerns.