Brown University's Department of Public Safety is a fully-accredited police department through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices.  

The Department of Public Safety is a full-service Law Enforcement Agency that provides a wide array of police and public safety services to the Brown community. The Department of Public Safety is comprised of two major divisions. The Police and Law Enforcement Division, which is our largest division, is primarily responsible for the safety and security of the entire campus community. This division consists of 85 members who are responsible for crime deterrence, crime investigation, dignitary protection, emergency response and handling routine calls for service.    Our police and security officers patrol Brown’s campus by vehicle, bicycle and foot 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The division’s sworn police officers are required to attend a state-certified police academy and are licensed as RI Special Police Officers. All sworn officers are authorized to enforce state statutes and university rules and regulations.

Our Administrative Services Division is responsible for the strategic and fiscal planning, building security technology, community relations and outreach for the department.

The Administrative Services Division is also responsible for administering the university’s building access and security systems. All residence halls require card access and are equipped with door alarms. When exterior doors are propped open or access is gained illegally, an alarm is generated. This division also includes a Community Relations and Outreach Bureau that coordinates safety and educational programs for members of the community, as well as providing crime victim support and advocacy.

The Brown Department of Public Safety staffs and operates a 24-hour state-of-the-art Dispatch Communication Center. The Center handles all emergency and non-emergency calls for service and dispatches officers via a statewide 800 MHz Radio System.