Crime Prevention



·         During 2011, approximately 285 programs and presentations were presented on campus, in    Marquette and other Upper Peninsula communities by officers and personnel from this department.  As in the past, our department focus is centralized on issues relating to alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault; date and acquaintance rape education along with, thefts, vandalism and numerous other safety prevention programs.

·         The Crime Prevention Unit is in its tenth year teaching the RAD self-defense training classes for credit to female students. In 2011, additional personal safety and self-defense awareness classes were taught in residence halls, for NMU student leadership skill builder presentations and sororities. Due to the continued demands for the RAD program, Public Safety has three public safety officers certified as RAD instructors who teach as adjunct professors for the Health Physical Education department. 

 ·        Cpl. LaPlante is also the advisor for the NMU Trail Cats student organization. Lt. Peterman is fourteenth year member of the Marquette County Coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention Network, fourteen year charter member in the Marquette County Triad, and continues to work with other organizations.

  • Over nine years NMU Public Safety has acquired a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to complement the community policing program and general patrol on campus. 

·         Other important areas in Crime Prevention statistics include both larceny and vandalism.    On the road bike registration in halls and on campus has increased registrations over previous years in an effort to reduce bike thefts and for the return of recovered bikes to their owners. Bike registrations can also be entered online.

 * Listed below are program highlights presented by the Public Safety Crime Prevention Unit. 





The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post secondary education participating in federal student-aid programs are subject to it. The act includes:

  • Publishing an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years' worth of selected crime statistics.
  • Making timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat.
  • Keeping a public crime log.
  • Upholding basic rights to victims of sexual assault.
  • Making accurate crime statistics available to the U.S. Department of Education, which centrally collects and disseminates campus crime statistics at the national level?
  • Facing possible fines from the U.S. Department of Education when schools fail to comply with the Clery Act.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to NMU Public Safety and Police Services, as well as designated campus officials including, but not limited to, directors, deans, department heads, designated student support staff, advisers to students and student organizations, athletic coaches and local law enforcement agencies.

The "Clery Act" is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room.

Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, later discovered that students hadn't been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990." A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Click here to learn more about the Clery Act and NMU’s Clery reports.

In addition, the NMU Public Safety and Police Services Department reports the required annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.  This information is available online at


NMU Public Safety Crime Prevention takes a proactive approach in posting crime alerts to help educate students as to possible crimes that can occur on campus.  Crime alerts are posted on the NMU Web page and posted in buildings and residence halls on campus. This information is in accordance with the Clery Act Policy.  


This program is implemented on the campus as it has been since 1986. Victims of crime receive a Crime Victim” Information pamphlet that provides information according to the Crime Victims Rights Act of 1985 and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. This program is maintained and operated by the Marquette County Prosecutors Office.


The Committee on Campus Violence will function as the monitoring body to oversee the implementation of violence prevention programs, continuing education relative to crime prevention and compliance with the requirements of the Clery Act. The committee will review the effectiveness of policies and procedures which have been implemented to address violent behavior and through the chair make recommendations to the Director, Public Safety & Police Services and the Associate Provost, Student services and enrollment. The committee will keep the university community informed on the impact of violent behavior on our community.


The insecure building report was developed in 1985 as part of the increased security posture of the Public Safety Department.  Building security students and officers checked all buildings on campus and reported any open doors or door problems.

In 2001 Lt. Peterman implemented a student employee building patrol program that checks all buildings on campus. Along with checking buildings the students shut off lights in buildings after they have closed in an effort to decrease energy costs to the University.  The students record all building security and lighting conditions on “Building Check Sheets”.  Data is then compiled from the “Building Check Sheets” and sent to the Director of Plant Operations-Facilities, indicating the number of doors found unlocked or ajar so they can take the appropriate maintenance action. 

The Honeywell Access Control/Security System continues to implement building security with the computer controlled door scheduling and alarms systems. In 2011 student officers and student security conducted over 8 thousand building door checks.  Door hardware problems were reported so the proper repairs could be made by facilities.

In 2001 Lt. Peterman also implemented a comprehensive building security system mapping and numbering all building entry doors on campus. When doors are found open, insecure or in need of repair the building door is recorded and the information is passed on for the appropriate action.    

Lt. Peterman, along with Locksmith Luke Guindon continues with the comprehensive building survey as a proactive measure in preventative maintenance.  Security inspections are conducted annually on door hardware for malfunctions making the necessary repairs.  Some of the items tested in the inspection include door hinges, closures, locks, strikes, mullions and thresholds; additionally a door operation inspection includes a three step process for exterior doors-open door test, lip test and jerk test. 


Northern Michigan University continues to work to provide a safe learning, living and working environment for students and employees.  However, there can be times when it is critical that the college find ways to immediately inform the campus community of an emergency.

As part of the college’s review of the emergency response plan, a new program was being implemented.   All students and employees may sign up for notification of campus emergencies through a text message and e-mail alert system.  Sign up is now available at NMU Alerts,


In 2011 student employees and officers conducted “University Light Surveys” weekly and all officers report light conditions found during the course of their patrol.  The campus is broken down into sections and any lights out or malfunctioning is reported to the Director of Facilities for repair.   

In other areas of lighting surveys are taken annually to check the levels of lighting to ensure adequate levels are met.


Operation Identification is a program that is a system for marking personal property.  The participant(s) marking their property uses an engraver, a diamond pen, or a tungsten-carbide marking pen.  Students’ then engrave their driver’s license on the item and keep a permanent record of their property.  Operation Identification has been proven to reduce thefts in communities where the program has been implemented.  The reason is people are reluctant to steal things, which are marked because it increases the risk of getting caught, further making items hard to fence or sell.  In addition, items identified can be put into the law enforcement information system (LEIN) and can be returned to the owner if found.  Students can request an operation identification program in their residence hall by calling the Crime Prevention office at 2154 or Public Safety at 2151.  Some items students might want to record are radios, stereos, televisions, computers, appliances, bikes, and cameras to mention a few. 


Textbook identification, newly implemented in 1999 by Lt. Peterman is similar to that of operation identification.  Public Safety along with the NMU bookstore implemented a system to record student textbooks using ultra violet processing.  The book is identified to the student in a manner unknown to them.  If the student reports their textbook as stolen, then the bookstore computer places a hit on the particular textbook looking for the stolen book.  This service is offered during operation identification or by calling Public Safety and requesting the service.  Information is provided in the Operation Identification pamphlet.


NMU began a proactive program with the installation of “Code Blue” emergency telephones that provide two-way communications from the phone site direct to Public Safety dispatch 911 emergency lines.  The purpose of the phone is for emergency contact to Public Safety allowing immediate response by patrols.

The phones are located strategically throughout campus at 21 different locations.  Assessments for new installations are assessed during new construction projects.

Public Safety Officer Jesse Wernholm and student employees physically inspects the twenty-one emergency phones each week and reports any malfunctions to telephone services to make the necessary repairs. 


The Department of Public Safety continues to provide escort service campus wide during the hours of darkness. Student lot guards when on duty provide this service; otherwise officers will make the transport when requested.

Information for this program is disseminated at orientation sessions; housing and residence life look at campus education programs and is listed in the campus student paper “North Wind”, as well as, postings throughout all building locations of the University Community.  This program is now part of the new Public Safety MAP program.


The department of Public Safety offers bike registration at “NMU Fall Fest”.  Bikes can be registered anytime at Public Safety twenty-four hours a day three-hundred sixty five days a year or online.  The process is simple; the information is permanently kept on computer record.  The student then receives a bike registration. Bike registration is free of charge. In addition, Public Safety attempts to go to all resident halls and the academic mall registering bikes. Bike registration is also conveniently located on line.



Public Safety provides a free motorist assistance program for students, staff, and visitors on campus. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until midnight.  Services provided:

Jump Starts – We will jump your vehicle.

Vehicle Unlocks – If you lock your keys in your vehicle we will attempt to unlock it.

Gas Transports – We will provide you with a gas can and drive you to the nearest gas station so you can purchase gas.

Tire Inflates – We will put air in your vehicle or bicycle tire and/or ASSIST you in changing the flat.

There are numerous other services we provide. If you have another problem call and ask.  We may be able to assist you.



RAD is a self-defense course that began in 2001 on our campus for credit to female students at NMU through the HPER department and taught by Lt. Peterman.  In 2007 Public Safety Officer Jesse Wernholm and 2008 Officer Gregg Carrier were certified to teach the popular RAD class to help keep up with the program demands. Since the inception of RAD over 125 classes with over 2000 females students have attended this highly proactive program of self-empowerment.  RAD is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques, not a martial arts class. The class begins by teaching prevention about risk awareness, reduction, recognition and avoidance, and then progresses onto the basis of hands on defense training. The class is dedicated to provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance and teaching women about the “Fight or Flight Syndrome”. 


If you are the victim of a sexual assault, it is vital that you understand that if you report the assault to Northern Michigan University, you and the matter you report will be treated with the greatest confidentiality, concern and seriousness, regardless of your gender or the gender of the suspect. Your name will not be released to the public or to the media. You will be treated with dignity, courtesy; sensitivity and understanding, and you will not be prejudged or blamed for what occurred.

Additionally, you will be advised of, and if you desire, assisted in receiving services from Northern Michigan departments and from community service agencies that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault. University staff will neither coerce you to report a sexual assault as a lesser offense nor prevent or discourage you from reporting a sexual assault to another person or authority.

You will have the opportunity to pursue all legal and/or disciplinary remedies and obtain counseling services without academic penalty by NMU (to be accommodated as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students Office on an ad-hoc basis). If you request, NMU staff will take any reasonable steps to prevent unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with the suspect.

If you file a complaint with NMU Public Safety and Police Services, staff from that office will investigate your complaint. You will be notified of victim's rights and remedies accorded in the Crime Victim's Rights Act, and you will be updated on the status of the investigation.

If the NMU Health Center provides medical assistance, appropriate methods for preserving evidence of criminal sexual assault will be followed. You will be made aware of and assisted in exercising any options provided under law regarding the mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and notification to the victim of the results of the testing.

Northern Michigan University is committed to ensuring that the rights of an individual who is the victim of an act of violence, sexual assault and/or non-forcible sex offenses are protected.

Read the full Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Policy to learn more about sexual assault victim’s rights.



NMU Public Safety mission is to educate the community about the prevalence of sexual assault and violence that take place not only in the United States, or Michigan but right here in the Marquette community and on the campus of NMU. In 2005 the program targeted at men by men, an all male-peer sexual assault program.  Program members from Lambda Chi Alpha, the USOEC training center and NMU football team presented this program.  In this program men teach other males how they can lower men’s likelihood of committing rape, taking them through a workshop what a rape feels like and how to help a woman recover from rape. It talks about the traumatic experience of rape, how to help out a survivor who comes for help and other ways men can prevent rape learning about sexist’s attitudes and rape jokes.  



Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

·         Parent Services Orientation Sessions: during June and July of 2009, Captain Jeffrey Mincheff attended orientation sessions for the NMU Orientation program and gave an overview regarding the structure of Public Safety, services, and reporting procedures.

·        Student Orientation Services: Lt. Don Peterman provided the orientation overview for the students regarding public safety, services, and reporting procedures along with the information pertaining to the required Clery Act.

 ·         Student Informational Table Sessions and Employment Job Fair: In addition to the orientation address, Public Safety Crime Prevention staffs a table to provide information about public safety, crime prevention and safety for students. Some of the information provided was alcohol safety and awareness materials, pamphlets and booklets: Date and Acquaintance Rape information, alcohol awareness.  Personal safety and drug and alcohol information handouts, posters, and brochures are available.

·         International Student Orientation Program: Public Safety provides an overview of Public Safety and Police Services to foreign students upon request.

·        NMU New Employee Orientation: This program has been implemented university wide electronically to new employees. The role public safety provide covers information about Public Safety Police Services: patrol services-crime reporting, parking, traffic and vehicle registration, fire & safety, employee "Right to Know” and key control.


NMU Public Safety Department participates in the annual back to school Fall Festival for students.  A display table providing information about Public Safety, programs and prevention services is provided by the crime prevention department.  Lots of informational materials are provided free to the students as well as students registering their bikes.  


The Department of Public Safety's display at the NMU Health Fair consisted of a table, staffed by Lt. Peterman and student employees. Information at the event includes crime prevention and safety education displays that include posters, videos and other education materials. 

As a visual reality attraction, on location were demonstrations of the “Fatal Vision” glasses, which    simulate the effects of an intoxicated subject, which were available for all to experience.  


Northern Michigan University Public Safety department participates yearly in the National “Tie One On,” Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – Red Ribbon Campaign.  In 2009 the NMU Public Safety Crime Prevention Unit made a request to Michigan MADD Campaign requesting red ribbons and other information explaining the program.  

A banner was displayed and an information table was set up with ribbons and information pamphlets.   The theme was to sign the MADD banner pledging, “Not to Drink and Drive”.   The banner was displayed along with ribbons at the Learning Resources Library, University Center, and Market Place on campus.


Public Safety offers this program consisting of a bicycle safety program, including a bike safety course teaching children the rules of the road, safety and the importance of bike helmets.  Included in the event was a drawing for those who registered their bikes; prizes awarded were bike safety helmets, bike locks, and reflectors including toys and refreshments for all who attended. This program is offered for the university apartment housing, the Marquette County and National Night Out Program and AMCAB Marquette Head Start Program.


 Public Safety as in the past continues to assist in the annual University Center Halloween Party.  Trick-or-Treat bags with candy was handed out to all children who attended the event.


For the past 12 years, this department joins in with the University Center Christmas Holiday Cheer event.  Lt. Peterman chairs the committee, supervises traffic and safety which is covered by an officer and student employees.


Public Safety, as in years past, is highly proactive and supportive in the Hunter Safety Program. Investigator Victor La Duke is a Michigan Department of Natural Resource Certified Safety Instructor who teaches the classes for the West Branch Sportsman’s Club.


Public Safety is instrumental at helping educate pre-school children involving many different topics such as bike safety, poison safety, child fingerprinting, holiday safety presentations such as Halloween safety. Officer Adam Maynard presented for the children in 2009.



  (285 Presentations, programs, sessions)


(2) Staff Orientation

 (5) Mincheff Parent Orientation

(7) Peterman Student Orientation Summer, Fall & Winter Sessions

(8) Orientation - Student Organizations – Maynard



 Bike Registration Gant Spalding Hall

 Bike Registration Payne Halverson Hall

 Bike Registration Hunt Van Antwerp Hall

 Bike Registration Magers, Meyland Hall

 Bike Registration NMU Environment Science Student organization

 Bike Registration – Woodland Apts

 Bike Registration Spooner Hall



School of Business employees (Deb Homier) Self Defense / Personal Safety1

 16 Classes, 168 Sessions of  Rape Aggression Defense Classes provided by Carrier, Peterman & Wernholm.


 Children Crime Prevention Child Book Reading Sessions (3) (Crime Prevention) Maynard

Sandy Knoll

Cherry Creek School

Powell Township


 NMU Athletics & USOEC Programs (12)

USOEC Orientation

USOEC Speed Skating

USOEC Boxers

USOEC Men’s Greco Wrestling

USOEC Woman’s Free Style Wrestling

(3) NMU Female Champs Program (Sexual Assault Self Defense Programs (orientation)

(2)- Men’s

(2)- Woman’s



Hunt Hall – “Root Beer Bash” Alcohol Free Event (LaPlante, Stampee & Peterman)

Halverson Hall Alcohol “Think-N-Drink” Alcohol Awareness Program

Van Antwerp Hall –Self Defense class

Halverson Hall Lecture Series Safety on Campus (LaPlante)

(1)Self Defense – Van Antwerp Hall – Wernholm



Boy Scouts Merit Badge Day – Crime Prevention and Finger Printing (Eagle Scout Student Alex Gill)

Woman’s Center “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Sexual Assault Awareness Event

Salvation Army Drugs & Alcohol Awareness (K.I. Sawyer)

Salvation Army Self Defense Program for females (K.I. Sawyer)

Woman’s Center & Pros Office Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence Awareness Gathering  (Fiar & 1Norway) attended by local police departments

Marquette County “Shop with A Cop”  for children at Wal Mart

96th District Court OWI Drunk Driving Impact Panel (Wernholm)

(1)OWI Impact Panel –  (LaPlante)

Marquette County National Night Out – Redeemer Church LaPlante

NMU Wild Cat Health Fair *(First place and first in People’s Choice Show)

NMU Lighting Up the Holidays

(2) Bar & Beverage Presentation (Shible & Peterman)

(2) NMU Fall Fest  (Genore & Peterman)

AMCAB Head Start Halloween Safety (Maynard)

(4)  Great Lakes Recovery Men Sexual Assault Laws Presentations

(3) Woman’s   Center Sexual Assault / Self-Defense Programs

(1)Halverson Hall –Question Forum –  (LaPlante)

(1)National Night Out NNO – Redeemer Lutheran Church – (LaPlante)

(2)NMU Bar & Beverage management class – Alcohol – Peterman & Shible, HPO

(4) Risk Management Series – 4 Sessions for Greek Life on Hazing, Safe Sex, Sexual Assault & Alcohol by Dave Bonsall, Barb Coleman, Lenny Shible & Don Peterman

(1)Bell Hospital Woman’s Expo – Personal Safety – (Wernholm)

(1)ROTC – Alcohol PBT Training

(3)  Ishpeming High Sexual Assault awareness with Woman’s center



 Alpha XI Delta – Sexual Assault & Self-Defense

Psi Sigma Sigma Alcohol (Mock Traffic Stop, Alcohol Laws) Clark & Peterman

High Schools


FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) UN100 STUDENT ORIENTATION PUBLIC SAFETY FYE: Public Safety, Alcohol,  Drugs and Sexual Assault (15)

(2)Vic Holiday

Jeff Mincheff (LaPlante)

Jeff Mincheff (Clark)

Andrew Beck

Robert DeChambeau

(3)Marge Schlar

Mike Torino

Daryl Kolbie

Cassandra Stephan

(2)Mark Dellangello

Carolyn Lawrence - Peterman