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The Department of Public Safety has the primary responsibility for all law enforcement and safety on campus and has developed a close working relationship with the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. The Board of Regents has delegated authority to the Department of Public Safety to enforce University rules and regulations, as well as municipal and state laws. University police officers have full police authority on all properties owned or controlled by the University and have authority within the City of Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department have jurisdiction on campus and can be asked to assist by the Department of Public Safety. This working relationship with local authorities allows the Department to monitor and report criminal activities of students at off-campus student organizations and/or student activities. The Department maintains a liaison with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Department of Public Safety meets with these departments on a formal and an informal basis and on specific issues as the need arises.