Public Safety Services

Public Safety Services provides multiple services to the Madison College campus community for increased protection while on campus, as well as many community-relations programs in accordance with the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy. Officers are available 24/7, 365 days a year by calling (608) 245-2222. They respond to all Madison-area campuses.  

On average, Madison College Public Safety Officers respond to 310 calls per month, ranging from medical emergencies, disruptive or violent subjects, and drug or alcohol violations to burglaries, thefts, alarms, and suspicious activities involving students or staff. If you have questions or would like more details on any of the services provided by Public Safety Services, please call (608) 246-6932.

Duties of Public Safety Officers include:

Public Safety Jumping a Car

Security Escort Program

Upon request, a uniformed patrol officer can escort you to your car or classroom on campus. Off-campus escort requests will be granted based on the discretion of the officer. Request an escort by calling the non-emergency number during regular business hours at (608) 246-6932 or stop at Room B1240 on the Truax campus. Please call approximately 5 to 10 minutes ahead of the requested escort time and state the location where you would like to be met, as well as your final destination. After normal business hours, please call (608) 245-2222.

Lost and Found

The lost-and-found area at the Truax campus is located in the Public Safety Services Office on the first floor in Room B1240. In order for Public Safety to return items to you, photo identification is required. Please contact Public Safety for lost-and-found locations at other Madison College facilities. Most items are held for 30 days. After 30 days, items are donated to Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. 

Vehicle Unlocks & Jump-Starts

Lock your keys in your car? Upon request, Public Safety is able to open your vehicle by use of specialty tools to retrieve your keys. Unable to start your car? Public Safety has jump packs to help recharge your battery and get you up and running. Be prepared to show proper ownership of the vehicle by providing registration and/or insurance information. Before calling a tow company, check with Public Safety. We can attempt to gain access or jump your vehicle for no charge.

Public Education

During large events, such as New Student Daze, stop by and visit the Public Safety Services office. Public Safety officers will provide you with safety tips, helpful hints, and any other information you would like to know about the department, parking policies, and safety and security at Madison College.

Public Safety also offers Active Shooter training to students and staff upon request. If you are looking to gain valuable information on how you can be better prepared in the event of an active threat on campus, please contact Sergeant Lucas Adler at for more information.  

For information on what to do in the event of an Active Shooter review the following video by UW-Madison Police Department.

Bicycle Patrol

Public Safety has a bike patrol unit that operates during the warmer months. This type of patrol allows for Public Safety Officers to be more visible and interact more with the Madison College community. An officer can move quickly through a crowd while on a bike and can find shortcuts, if necessary. This mobility also adds a "stealth" advantage to bike patrols when compared to patrol vehicles. An officer on a bike is much smaller, quieter, and can go places that are not easily accessible to patrol vehicles.