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Public Safety Office

Brown University Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an internationally-accredited police agency responsible for the safety and security of more than 10,000 students, staff, faculty, and guests. With a jurisdiction including all University property and adjacent city streets, the department is responsible for all University buildings over an area in excess of 140 acres.

The DPS Communication and Information Center is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Department headquarters is located at 75 Charlesfield Street. Police and Security Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week in patrol vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot for your safety. Please do not hesitate to approach an officer if you are lost or need assistance.

Campus Police, Fire or Medical Emergency: (401) 863-4111
Non-Emergency Response: (401) 863-3322

Please store these DPS numbers into your cell phone. If you are living off campus, please call the Providence Police Department for emergency response by dialing 911.

DPS provides the following services for students:

Safewalk: This student-run safety service provides on-campus point-to-point walking escorts for Brown community members. Each two-person escort team also patrols the campus, acting as additional eyes and ears for campus safety. The teams can be identified by their distinctive neon vests and photo IDs. This service is available Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. during the academic year. Call (401) 863-1079 to request a Safewalk.

Campus Watch: Email alerts, notifications bulletins are sent by the Department of Public Safety to students, faculty, staff, campus agencies, and local businesses about any major or significant crimes or criminal incidents that occur on or nearby campus. Emails are sent to all those that have an active brown email account.  Crime alerts and notifications can also be accessed on the DPS website.  The department also sends out monthly email bulletins to all students.

Weekly Incident Summaries: A weekly summary of incidents and crimes reported to Public Safety is available on the DPS website.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems Basic Self-Defense Course: A comprehensive 12-hour self-defense course teaching women how to develop and enhance the options of self-defense so that they may become viable considerations in an attack.

“Know More!” Crime Awareness Brown Bag Workshop Series: DPS staff provide safety awareness presentations on a range of topics, including personal safety awareness, home burglary prevention, and stalking awareness.

Special Victims Unit: Advocacy and support services to include safety planning, court accompaniment, assistance with obtaining protective orders, review of victim rights, and self-defense programming.  Call (401) 863-2542 for more information.

Operation Identification is a nationally recognized property identification program open to all members of the Brown University community. As a Crime Prevention Program, its goal is to deter the thefts and aid in the recovery of stolen property. This is accomplished by engraving valuable property and tracking important identifying information about such property. Marked items are difficult for a thief to resell, and these items can be traced to the rightful owner. Registration events are held weekly in University dining halls and libraries.  Students may also make an appointment to have items registered by calling (401)863-1438. Bicycles may be registered online.

Brown Guardian: The Brown Guardian service offers a cell phone speed-dial option to students, faculty and staff at Brown. Using Rave Guardian, supplied by Rave Wireless, the Brown Department of Public Safety can respond to panic calls and precautionary timer alarms activated by community members who are registered with the service. The system is an “opt-in” system, meaning the process of notification to Public Safety is activated only by the user in a case of an emergency.

Residence Security Assessments: DPS offers home security assessments for graduate students living nearby in off-campus housing. For more information, please call the DPS Crime Prevention Unit at (401) 863-1438.

Card Access: A campus-wide card-access system has been installed in all residence halls and in several administrative buildings on campus. There is 24-hour monitoring of the system, and an officer is dispatched if a door is propped or held open too long or is forced open. As with all technology, the system is not infallible, and students are advised to remain vigilant and to make sure that doors are closed and locked behind them. Do not prop doors open.

Emergency Phones: There are approximately 134 outdoor emergency phones located on or near the exterior of all residence halls and most university buildings. They are also located on the campus walkways, at the parking garage, and additionally there are 45 elevator phones in various campus buildings. View a campus map with emergency phone locations. Outdoor emergency phones are housed in gray or yellow plastic cases, are mounted directly to buildings or stanchions, and have a blue light above them. These phones can be used for calling within the University phone system and have a direct speed calling button (marked in red) with an automatic identifier so that a DPS communications officer will know your locations when the call is answered. When getting acquainted with the campus, try to note the locations of these phones.