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RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

What should you do if you find yourself in an active killer situation? Watch this video, created by Student Affairs featuring our Pitt police officers, to find out.

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For Safety's Sake 2015
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Helping Students Stay SAFE

SAFE (Self Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, Inc.

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Public Safety Building

The Pitt Police Station is located on the first three floors of the Jerome Cochran Public Safety Building.

Status - Normal

The University of Pittsburgh is operating normally at this time.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Campus Safety

The University of Pittsburgh Police help contribute to a positive college experience by providing a safe environment to live, learn, and work. 

Watch the video below to learn more about our department and campus safety:

SAFE Program

Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange



SAFE is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, Inc. This program teaches students a variety of self-defense tactics and options if confronted by an attacker....

Pride in Our Community

The University of Pittsburgh Police takes pride in the proactive programs offered in the Pitt community and in the Oakland and surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods. These include safety talks, Rape Aggression Defense, and Residence Officer programs as well as community crime prevention groups. Pitt Police’s K9 officers make regular appearances on campus to promote safety.

NEWS

Officer Recognition

Officer Nicholas Visnich

Officer Nicholas Visnich

Years of Service: 1 year, 4 months

Education: Bachelor's Degree, University of Pittsburgh; Graduate Degree in National Preparedness & Homeland Security, University of Pittsburgh

Background: After being born in St. Louis, MO, my family returned to western PA where I would spend all of my childhood. While residing in Beaver County, I attended Blackhawk High School graduating in 2006.  During high school, I was involved in several extracurricular activities, endeavors, and sports.  Early in 2006, around the time of the Torino games in 2006, my brother and I began our curling careers, and have been dedicated to the sport for the past 10 years.  During our 10 years, we have attained numerous notable victories to our resumes, such as 2x GNCC Arena National Champions (2010 and 2011), 1st Runner-Up for the GNCC Arena National Championships (2012), and 1st Runner-Up for the USCA Arena National Championships (2015), and will continue to play and compete for years to come. For the year of 2016, we will be competing in the United States Curling Association Arena Nationals in May, along with GNCC Arena Nationals over the summer and USCA. Additionally, we will also be running our second PITTSBURGH half-marathon.  Following high school, I attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2010 with a Major in Political Science.  Following undergrad, I completed my graduate studies within a year and a half (ahead of schedule) in National Preparedness and Homeland Security in 2012.  In 2014, I decided to pursue a career in law enforcement attending Allegheny County Police Academy, BRC-2014-1.  After graduating from the Academy, I began my career as Police Officer for Franklin Park and was soon hired full time by the University of Pittsburgh in February of 2015. The justice, friendship, and equality shared by the brotherhood of blue is something unrivaled sewn into the fabric of all departments which I cherish. Since being sworn to duty, it has been nothing but a tremendous honor and privilege to protect and serve my Alma Mater and her students.

Other Interests: Curling, Languages (Russian and French), Golfing, Marathon Running, Krav Maga, Weightlifting, Spending Time with Family, and Watching and Playing Various Sports.

Officer Recognition

Officer Alexander Visnich

Officer Alexander Visnich

Years of Service: 10 Months

Education: Bachelor's Degree, University of Pittsburgh; Graduate Studies, University of Florida

Background: I grew up in Beaver County and graduated from Blackhawk High School in 2009.  Throughout high school, I was involved in many extracurricular activities and sports.  It was at this time that my brother and I began our curling careers, and have been playing for the past 10 years.  During our 10 years, we have added many notable victories to our resumes, such as 2x GNCC Arena National Champions (2010 and 2011), and will continue to play and compete for years to come.  After high school, I attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013 with a Major in Classics:  Ancient Greek and Latin.  I then went and completed a year of graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2014 in Classics:  Ancient Greek and Latin.  In 2014, I returned to Pittsburgh and attended the Allegheny County Police Academy, BRC-2014-2.  After graduating from the Academy, I began my career as a Police Officer at the University of Pittsburgh in June of 2015.  Since becoming a police officer, my family has only grown with the brothers and sisters that work with me every day.  I am proud to be a police officer, and work for and serve my Alma Mater and her students.

Other Interests: Curling (Yes, the Sport on Ice with Rocks and Brooms), Languages (Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, and Latin), Reading, Running, Spending Time with My Family, and Watching and Playing Sports.

April SAFE Classes

Our department will hold SAFE self-defense classes on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm 

Classes are held at the Petersen Events Center, Baierl multipurpose room. Please contact Officer Camp to register! (HLC33@pitt.edu)