MUPD patrol zone updates going into effect June 1

As first announced in September 2023, the adjustments to the MUPD patrol zone will take effect on June 1, and the EagleExpress service area will adjust in tandem. Marquette University is modifying the Marquette University Police Department patrol zone on the east and west perimeters to better align with on- and off-campus student living trends and recent changes in university property ownership — specifically the sale of land east of campus and south of Michigan Street.

The Milwaukee Police Department will retain its existing jurisdiction within the current and new MUPD patrol zone. This change follows discussions with law enforcement and elected officials during summer 2023 and addresses feedback shared with the President’s Task Force on Community Safety.

Working closely with Milwaukee Police Department, community partners

MUPD and the Milwaukee Police Department have been meeting about the transition process, with MUPD providing years of data to MPD on impacted areas. MUPD and other university representatives have been working with property owners, landlords, neighborhood groups and associations to ensure awareness of the zone change and address concerns.

MUPD staff and community-focused faculty, staff and students remain directly involved in community initiatives that lead to a stronger shared neighborhood with work focused on safety, community vitality, business development, resident well-being and public health. Marquette remains committed to its community partners, including but not limited to:

  • Near West Side Partners, Inc. and its working groups — Marquette University is a founding anchor institution of the NWSP with university personnel, including MUPD officers, co-leading or serving on its core working groups: Safety, Tenant Council, Homelessness Intervention Unit and Community Partnership Unit.
  • Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime (PARC) — This cross-collaborative, private-public partnership, led by Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking, works to address the needs of the community in four areas: safety, housing, commercial corridor development, and neighborhood identity and branding.
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE) — Two Marquette faculty lead this proactive public health model for developing and promoting employee wellness using an employee-centered approach.
  • Rev-Up MKE — The annual competition attracts new businesses and acts as a catalyst to spark interest and development in the commercial corridors of the Near West Side.
  • CAMPus Impact — Offered through the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, this immersive experience encourages student engagement in the nearby neighborhoods.
  • Safe & Sound — Safe & Sound unites residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.
  • Anchor Institutions Task Force — The action-oriented learning community of nearly 1,000 individual members in the U.S. and abroad focuses on strategically leveraging anchor institutions, particularly higher education and medical institutions, to improve the economic, social and civic health needs of communities.
  • Board leadership and participation on BIDs #10, #26 and #5

Student housing

The university announced changes to the MUPD patrol zone 10 months prior to its implementation so students could be mindful when signing leases for the upcoming academic year. Most students live within the MUPD patrol zone, and many consider housing options and sign leases as early as the prior fall semester.

For students using Rent College Pads to evaluate living options, the resource added a dotted line boundary on the listing map last fall to indicate the new zone. Information about the new boundary was shared in a student housing fair co-hosted by the Office of Residence Life and Rent College Pads, as well as via campus flyers and on Axis TV slides around campus.

Updates to EagleExpress

Riders using the EagleExpress safe ride service will notice a map change on the app when the patrol zone updates on June 1. The EagleExpress service area will mirror the new patrol zone and continue to provide rides to and from two approved off-campus locations: the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (Amtrak) and the Eleven25 at Pabst apartments. A reminder of the new zone will be shared in Marquette Today at the beginning of the 2024-25 academic year.

About MUPD

Marquette is the only private institution in Wisconsin with its own commissioned police department, and MUPD is fully funded by the university. Marquette was granted the authority to create MUPD under 2013 Wisconsin Act 265 as a result of a recommendation by the 2007 State of Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety. When MUPD became a commissioned police force on May 1, 2015, the Milwaukee Police Department retained primary jurisdiction of the area with MUPD serving as an additional layer of law enforcement. Since that time, Marquette had expanded the MUPD patrol zone when the university purchased new property.

Learn more about university safety and the important role of MUPD.