Campus Safety

Brown University Department of Public Safety

Brown's Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a fully-accredited police department that provides a wide array of services to the Brown community. In addition to crime deterrence, investigation, and emergency response, DPS educates the campus community and provides training opportunities related to crime prevention and community safety.

To help maintain a safe campus environment, Brown provides a range of transportation options, including the campus shuttle (safeRIDE) and walking escorts (Safewalk). Over 100 Blue Light emergency phones around campus connect a caller immediately to Public Safety. Residence halls are secured by a card swipe system: students swipe their Brown Card to enter their residence hall, then use their assigned brass key to access their living space.

Visit the  Department of Public Safety website for more information about personal, property, building, and vehicle safety at Brown.

Emergency Communications

in the event of an incident on or near campus, Brown Public Safety sends Campus Safety Notifications & Alerts by email to students, faculty, and staff. A campus-wide emergency alert system can contact thousands of students, faculty, and staff within minutes of an urgent situation or crisis. All Brown email addresses and Brown-owned phone numbers are loaded on the system. To receive emergency text broadcasts on their personal cell phones,  students must provide their cell phone numbers by logging into

Emergency Announcements

Emergency notifications are also posted at If there is an emergency at Brown, the Emergency Announcements webpage will contain information and updates about the nature of the problem and the steps being taken to address the problem. Any necessary instructions for the University community, along with resources for further information, are also posted at