It was two days before Thanksgiving and by 7 p.m., campus was deserted. Garry Husketh, a veteran of the Duke University Police Department and a Durham native, got into his patrol car to begin his night shift. He would be relieved at dawn.“I’d like to stress the fact that we’re here to help people,” he said. “Of course the job’s not always easy, but there’s a purpose for it.” Campus police are an intrinsic part of life at Duke—DUPD officers can be seen every day patrolling the quads, directing traffic and even keeping watch on the stretch of road between Shooter’s II and East Campus. And yet, for many students, DUPD is an unknown entity.“People don’t want to see us, but they want us out here somewhere,” Husketh said. For some, this presence—despite its vagueness—may be enough to guarantee peace of mind. However, campus policing has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, especially on issues like accountability, transparency and use of force. In light of these hard questions, The Chronicle met with administrators and police officers to better understand how DUPD works.Meet the Duke PoliceLike many campus police agencies across the nation, DUPD cannot be easily classified as either public or private. It is a state-commissioned police agency, but it is also funded and supervised by a private university. So who calls the shots? “[Duke] derives its legal ability to have a police entity on its campus from state law,” said Vice President for Administration Kyle Cavanaugh. “So the agency is then connected to the University, but it is the state law that governs it.”Duke’s administration oversees and funds DUPD, which is where Cavanaugh comes in. He is the only person in the University administration who has a direct leadership role in relation to DUPD. But he noted that DUPD operates “very independently” and that he does not “intervene.”“My role is administrative—the analogy I would give is similar to the city manager,” Cavanaugh said. “You have a police agency, but then you have someone who has to do the things I get involved with—budget, technology, structural pieces for radios and 911 system, the physical plant and equipment issues.”He noted there are “checks and balances” to ensure DUPD complies with state law and that he works with Duke’s office of counsel or outside counsel if necessary. However, he did not specify what those “check and balances” were or say how they guarantee that DUPD is always in compliance with the law.The agency itself is led by Chief of Police John Dailey, who took over in 2009. Currently, he oversees 60 commissioned members, 70 security officers and about 30 support staff and dispatchers and reports to Cavanaugh.“We are charged with providing security and police services, and operationally, I’m responsible for that as the senior commissioned member of the department,” he said.DUPD obtained national accreditation in Spring 2016 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a private, nonprofit accrediting agency. CALEA has accredited roughly 1,000 law enforcement agencies out of the total 18,000 agencies nationwide, according to their data.Dailey emphasized that DUPD is first and foremost a law enforcement agency—its officers have the same powers as any municipal police officer, including the authority to make arrests and use force. This also means DUPD enforces the law, not university policy.