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Safety by the Numbers

Some facts about our campus police:

  • 99 commissioned police officers
  • 10 communications room personnel
  • 48 security guards in various campus locations
  • 15 Specialized Emergency Response Team officers
  • 8 detectives within the investigative unit
  • Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • At least 4 patrol cars on each shift in addition to the officers on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle
  • University police undergo more than 800 hours of initial training for certification, as well as a minimum of 36 hours of annual in-service training.
  • 150 contracted security guards as residence hall desk attendants, building, and parking monitors


More than 500 emergency phones are scattered throughout the campus. Most exterior and
garage phones have blue lights, making them easily visible.



You can visit Pitt Mobile at m.pitt.edu to access emergency contact information on your smart phone or Web-capable mobile device.

Security of and Access to Facilities

The University of Pittsburgh has installed and maintains exterior lighting around all of its buildings, including additional sidewalk and street lighting. While maintaining an attractive campus, ground crews keep shrubs and hedges low for safety reasons, especially in places such as bus stops.

On any normal workday, there are scores of Pitt support personnel whose jobs include providing inspection of the entire campus and its buildings to discover and correct health, safety, and maintenance problems. They work, in addition to Pitt police and others who tour campus, to report safety-related problems to the Facilities Management Division, which responds to correct these problems promptly.

As part of their duties, residence life staff members continuously report security and maintenance matters. Emergency maintenance and housekeeping services are available 24 hours a day.

UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS AND PROGRAMS

Except for resident living areas, most Pitt facilities are open to the public during the day and evening hours when classes are in session. During the times that the University is officially closed, its buildings are locked, and only faculty, staff, and—for some buildings—students with a Pitt ID are admitted.

Athletic facilities require an appropriate ID at all times for admittance.

Some Pitt-sponsored programs are open to the general public, while others are restricted to students with a valid Pitt ID. Additional security personnel staff major events such as athletic contests.

UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS

University of Pittsburgh Police
EMERGENCIES 4-2121
or Noncampus Phone
412-624-2121

General Assistance 4-4040
or 412-624-4040

Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)
412-648-7930

Student Health Service
412-383-1800

University Counseling Center
412-648-7930
(Phones answered 24 hours a day/seven days a week)

Student Conduct
412-648-7910

Environmental Health and Safety
412-624-9505

SafeRider
412-648-CALL (2255)

Panther Central
412-648-1100

PITTSBURGH EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS
(OFF CAMPUS)

City of Pittsburgh
Police, Fire, Ambulance
911

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline

1-866-363-7273

Center for Victims
24-hour hotline
1-866-644-2882

Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting

1-800-932-0313

Re:solve Crisis Network
Mental Health Crisis Intervention

1-866-7-YOU CAN or 1-888-796-8226

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