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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 2016

The 2016 issue of For Safety's Sake is now available! 

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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.


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...

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.


Traffic Bulletin

Due to a water main break the following streets in South Oakland are closed until the repair can be completed by PWSA:

  • South Bouquet from Bates to Jon Caire Street
  • Pier Street from South Bouquet to Argyle Way
Officer Recognition

Detective Thomas Fortunato

Detective Thomas Fortunato

Years of service: 40 years

Education:  Graduated from the Police Academy in 1979

Background:  Tom began working at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.  He worked his way up from Security Guard, to Patrolman, and now Detective.   He is one of the EOD Liaisons with the Pittsburgh Police Post-Blast Investigations.  He is a native of Pittsburgh.

Interests: He enjoys spending time with his wife of 37 years and his three grown children.  He is a history buff (especially WWII and related memorabilia) and a connoisseur of old westerns and horror film genres.  He enjoys horseback riding when he gets a chance.


The University of Pittsburgh Police Department would like to remind the community to use proper caution when securing bicycles on campus.  Thieves are known to steal bikes that are not properly secured or secured by ineffective means. 

We suggest using...

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