FWIW, the title "Department of Public Safety" doesn't always mean a sub-par operation. It's simply a name for a department that encompasses several divisions, such as a administration, operations, police, security staff, student security, lockshop, etc. They're not all members of the "Police Department" per-se, but fall under the umbrella of the Department of Public Safety. Here at WNEC, our Police Officers operate as only a part of the D.P.S. And, we'll be armed as of July 1, so there's really nothing in a title.
As far as Smith is concerned, well... the pay is very good for a college in this area. Several of our officers went there prior to our pay adjustment and they are content. They are union... the same one as their B&G department. Personally, I couldn't work there, even though it's much closer for me than WNEC. It is "very" service oriented.