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Director, University Security Ser...

Phone: (734) ***-****  
Email: p***@***.edu
University of Michigan
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor , Michigan 48109
United States

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More information: Captain Joe ..., 5 July 2009 [cached]
More information: Captain Joe Piersante, UM Police Services Bureau, Department of Public Safety, 1239 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109; (734) 763-3434,
The University announced the changes to ..., 6 June 2011 [cached]
The University announced the changes to the trespass policy on June 1, after a months-long policy review conducted by Suellyn Scarnecchia, University vice president and general counsel and Joe Piersante, interim executive director of DPS. At a press briefing on June 1, Scarnecchia said the review began in part because of outcries from the University's undergraduate chapter of the ACLU.
DPS is currently reviewing approximately 1,800 adult and 200 juvenile trespass warnings issued since 2001, and Piersante said at the briefing he anticipates rescinding about half of the issuances by the end of the summer.
The Michigan Daily -- 113 Years of Editorial Freedom - DPS reports steep rise in MIP tickets, 20 Oct 2004 [cached]
DPS Capt. Joe Piersante said there could be many reasons for the increase, but pointed specifically to the larger freshman class and an increase in pledging activity among the fraternities and sororities.
,Those are the only two definitive things I can point to.The rest is just speculation,, Piersante said.
He said DPS officers have noticed more students out at night because of fall Rush for the Greek system this year.
,Whether that contributes to the overall increase, I don,t know, but there has been an overall increase in pledging activity at night where alcohol is involved,, Piersante said.
Piersante said he has noticed a problem with binge drinking among all students this year, but it,s hard to tell if there has been an increase, because like assaults, hospitalizations due to binge drinking don,t all get reported to DPS.
,One of the things we are concerned with about underage drinking is binge drinking.We,ve had to transport a number of kids to the hospital this year.My sense of it is that we,re getting several of those every weekend,, Piersante said.
Piersante said problems with binge drinking may also be related to the larger freshman class.
,You have a large group of kids coming on campus from the younger age group of 18 and 19.I,m guessing a lot of them have not had a lot of experience with drinking , especially hard liquor and binge drinking.They,re not able to judge what their body can tolerate and their body becomes incapacitated,, he added.
Despite the increase, Piersante said DPS has not changed its stance with regard to alcohol violations and has not increased patrols.
Under current alcohol laws, first-time offenders receiving an MIP are given a deferred sentence.If an offender successfully completes probation, the MIP will be completely taken off the person,s permanent record.This is especially helpful when applying for jobs, Piersante said. ,It,s taking into consideration that there are a lot of people under 21 , especially on a college campus , that are going to drink.It,s pretty harsh to have that on your permanent record,, he added.
Piersante attributed the decline in alcohol violations to the University,s home football schedule this year.Although the same number of football games were played between Aug. 25 and Oct. 9 in 2003 and 2004, the Notre Dame game was played at home last year.
Piersante said the Notre Dame and Ohio State games always generate high numbers of alcohol violations.In fact, these two games alone can almost double the statistics for alcohol violations in a given year.The game against Michigan State causes a slight increase, but it,s not as bad, he added.
Piersante said the high number of alochol violations are probably a result of the intense rivalry and the teams, short distance from one another.Columbus, Ohio and South Bend, Ind., are fairly close to Ann Arbor, so a lot of fans come from those schools.Because they,re a few hours away, however, people tend to stay overnight and go to parties, he added.
Piersante said DPS encourages students to be safe while drinking. ,Our biggest concern for public safety concerning underage drinking is don,t put yourself in harm,s way , whether it be in a vehicle or a potential assault situation,, he added.
The Michigan Daily -- 114 Years of Editorial Freedom - Thefts of student property spike during exam week, 8 Dec 2004 [cached]
,At the end of the semester, we get a heightened level of larcenies,, said Department of Public Safety Police Capt. Joe Piersante.
During recent exam periods, police have seen sharp increases in thefts.
Last December, about 88 thefts occurred in libraries and other locations on campus, and 92 occurred last April.
In comparison, this September there were 60 reported larcenies on campus.
Piersante added that many credit card thefts occur around the holidays.
Piersante said a main reason for theft on campus is that many University buildings are open to the public.
Piersante urged students to keep their valuables secure and, if they have to leave them, to get someone to watch them.
The University has put measures into place in order to make the campus more secure and decrease thefts in residence halls.
Replacing traditional key locks card locks with card locks in residence halls has made residence halls more secure, Piersante said, because it is much easier to put a cancel on a key card than to change locks on doors.
In another step in the continuing ..., 23 Sept 2013 [cached]
In another step in the continuing reorganization of the University's security agencies, University Police Chief Joe Piersante has been named chief operations officer of the Division of Public Safety and Security and director of University Security Services.
Piersante will continue in his position until a new chief has been selected. The Spelman and Johnson Group, a search firm that specializes in higher education, has been hired to assist in the search for a replacement.
When Piersante first took the top post, the University's Police force was known as the Department of Public Safety.
For most of the last two years, Piersante has prevailed over a law enforcement organization that has been partly blamed for serious communication issues, and as a result, the agency has gone through immense change, including the formation of the Division of Public Safety and Security to unite Housing Security, Hospital Security, and Police under one umbrella organization.
As DPSS COO and USS director, Piersante will oversee several different major security initiatives, including infrastructure management, museums security, coordination of safety and security efforts for major events, contract security and administration of the University's 911 Communications Center.
In a statement released Friday, DPSS executive director Eddie Washington, Jr. praised Piersante's work both as chief and as interim director of DPSS.
"I'm very appreciative of the many years of successful service that Joe has made to the university and to the police department," Washington said.
"When the new division was formed last fall, Joe willingly took on the additional role to lead the transition.
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