Public Safety

MATC Public Safety Director Aisha Barkow

Public Safety - Sustaining the Best Possible Environment for Learning

Emergency Number - 414-297-6200
Non-Emergency Number - 414-297-6588
Tip Line: 414-297-8477

The MATC Public Safety Department works to create and maintain a safe campus environment for students, employees and visitors.  While our main office is at the Downtown Milwaukee campus, we have offices at all four campuses and the Education Center at Walker's Square.  Public Safety officers are available to respond to requests for assistance at any MATC campus.

The Public Safety Department offers a "tip line" to report suspicious activity on campus. The department frequently checks this line and will address each call. Call 414-297-8477 with your tips and information.If the situation demands an immediate response, contact the Emergency Response Center at 414-297-6588 (non-emergency number) or 414-297-6200 (emergency).

Public Safety Services and Important Security Information

Administration and Command Staff

The Public Safety Department includes the following command staff:

Aisha Barkow, Director of Public Safety
(414) 297-7035

Lieutenant Karina Taylor, 1st shift Lieutenant (7 a.m.-3 p.m.)
(414) 297-8425

Lieutenant Donald Kernan, 2nd shift Lieutenant (3-11 p.m.)
(414) 297-6515

Lieutenant Gary Morimoto, 3rd shift Lieutenant (11 p.m.-7 a.m.)
(414) 297-6511

Shari Rowe, Emergency Management & Clery Compliance Coordinator
(414) 297-8492

Hours and Locations

Hours of Operation

All campuses are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. The campuses are staffed by Public Safety Officers during normal campus hours of operation. 

District Wide Public Safety Offices

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Room M274
1015 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI. 53233

Mequon Campus, Room A280C
5555 West Highland Road
Mequon, WI  53092

Oak Creek Campus, Room A100F
6665 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

West Allis Campus, Room 100
1200 South 71st Street
West Allis, WI 53214

Education Center at Walker Square, Room 203
816 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53214

College Closing

MATC may close due to severe weather or other emergencies. The official closing announcement is broadcast via the Rave Alert System. The MATC Gmail system is the default contact for all MATC students and employees. Go to to enter or edit additional contact information (alternate email address, telephone numbers, etc.).

The Rave Guardian app is an optional companion to the MATC Rave Alert communication tool. Visit the Rave Guardian web page to learn more and download the app.

You can also call 414-297-6561 for a recorded message about a possible closing.

Campus Parking Information

Visit the Visitor Parking page for information.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

Where is the Main Public Safety Office located?
Public Safety Office, Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Room M274
Public Safety District Administration, Room M272

Does Public Safety have a presence at the four MATC campuses?
Yes, we have Public Safety Officers assigned to each campus

How do I file a report on campus?
You may file a report by contacting the Public Safety Office (414-297-6588 Room M274) at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus, where dispatch will assign a Public Safety Officer to handle your report at any campus.

How do I locate a student?
The Public Safety Office can assist you if you have an emergency that can be verified.

When is MATC open?

  • Downtown Milwaukee Campus: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Mequon Campus: Monday -Thursday, 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Oak Creek Campus: Monday -Friday, 7 a.m. -10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • West Allis Campus: Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. (until 9:30 p.m. when Weekend College is in session). Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. (for Weekend College).

Note: Times listed are when classes are in session. Campuses are closed Sundays and holidays.

What do I do if I get sick or injured on campus? 

Public Safety Officers are trained as medical emergency first responders. If more advanced care is needed, the dispatcher will contact 911.

Where is Lost and Found and how long do you hold the items?
Lost and Found is located at the Public Safety Office, Room M274. Items are kept for 30 days.

What do I do if I have car problems on campus? 

Public Safety does not unlock vehicles or provide a "jump start." We can provide you with telephone access and numbers to local vehicle service centers that can assist you.

What if I get stuck in an elevator?
Stay calm and push the alarm button located on the panel. This will automatically call the Public Safety Office for immediate assistance. A Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location and, if necessary, Building Services and/or the elevator company will be called for further assistance.

What can I do to be proactive about campus safety?
MATC campuses are very safe, but no public area can be 100%, guaranteed completely safe at all times. It's best to use common sense no matter where you live, work or attend school. Especially when walking to your vehicle or bus stop, walk with a friend/classmate, use well-lit routes and be aware of your surroundings, utilize the MATC Escort Van, and report any suspicious activities to Public Safety.

Where can I smoke on campus?
All MATC campuses and facilities are tobacco free. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on MATC property.

How are students, employees and visitors notified if the campus is being evacuated?
On the extremely rare occurrence when an evacuation would be necessary, an announcement will be made over the campus-wide PA system. Listen carefully to the announcement. It will be repeated and will give you clear instructions. If you have any questions, ask your instructor for assistance. During an evacuation, leave the building in a calm, orderly manner and assist those who need help, if possible. If you are unable to assist, inform someone who can. Do not re-enter the building until told to do so by Public Safety or city police or fire personnel.

A message also may be sent using the college's Rave Alert System. Your MATC email is automatically entered into the system. If you would like to add other forms of contact (home phone, cell phone, alternate email address), go to

How do I find out if the campus is open during a snow storm?
Call our "Weather Phone" at 414-297-6561 for any school closings or tune to Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10. For more information, see the School Closing section.

Do I need an MATC I.D. to enter the labs and library?
Yes, a current school year MATC Student ID is needed to access any campus services and should be carried at all times.

If I need to file a report with Public Safety, how do I get a copy?
Make a request in writing to the Director of Public Safety.

Daily Crime and Fire Log

Additional Campus Information

Local Police Departments

MATC Public Safety works closely with the respective police departments where campuses are located. The following links provide access to local police departments:

Mequon Police Department
Milwaukee Police Department
Oak Creek Police Department
West Allis Police Department

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports

Clery Act Compliance

The Clery Act's provisions are:

  • Schools must publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years of selected crime statistics. (See above)
  • Schools must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees.
  • Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log.
    (See district daily reports at each campus Public Safety Office)
  • The United States Department of Education collects and disseminates the crime statistics.
  • Campus sexual assault victims are assured of certain basic rights.
  • Schools that fail to comply may be fined by the Department of Education.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

For additional information or technical assistance regarding FERPA:
1-202-260-3887 (TDD, 1-800-877-8339)
Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920

Sex Offender Registry

Milwaukee Area Technical College uses a state-run, public accessible website for information on registered sex offenders. The site is:

MATC Public Safety has information available for review on individuals classified as Registered Sex Offenders.