All Emergency and Non-Emergency calls into the Department of Public Safety are managed by our Communications Center personnel.  The DPS Communications Center is staffed 24-7 with professional Communication Control Officers. 

Emergency Reporting

Emergency reporting includes all Police, Fire and Medical emergencies occurring on Brown University property (including the Medical School and other Brown satellite locations) or adjacent city streets. 


4111 may be dialed from any campus phone.  If you inadvertently dial 911 from a campus phone, you will be directed to the DPS Communications Center.

When reporting a crime, please take care to preserve any potential evidence for the officer(s) to view upon arrival.  Victims of crime are connected to appropriate support services available at Brown.

Witnesses should remain in the area until the officer(s) arrive.  Witnesses may also call the DPS Detectives at (401)863-9956 or (401)863-3412 with additional information.

Non-Emergency Reporting

Non-emergency reporting includes all calls for routine DPS service to include non-emergency response to calls for suspicious circumstances, lockouts, lost or stolen property, or general assistance.


Upon calling either the Emergency or Non-Emergency number, a DPS Officer will be dispatched to your location to take a report of the crime or incident.