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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.


Food Drive: Donations Wanted

The 3rd annual Pitt Police food drive runs through April 30. Please help us by donating! Proceeds benefit The Pitt Pantry & CHS Oakland Community Food Pantry. For a list of suggested items and collection locations, see here.

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...


Officer Recognition

Officer Curtis Smith

Officer Curtis Smith

Years of service:  37 years

Education: Graduate of Brentwood HS, Long Island NY, B.A.S. from University Of Pittsburgh, Graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy

Background:Football player for University Of Pittsburgh 1973 thru 1975 (3 year letterman) as blocking back and special teams.

Martial Arts, Academic, and Law Enforcement instructor. Self-defense and Physical fitness instructor for University Of Pittsburgh. Master in TAI Ho Jitsu. Serving as a Commissioner of Human Relations for the City of Pittsburgh since 1995.  Served as a special case agent and investigator for the Board of Education. Winner of the 2005 University Of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Staff distinguished service award.

Instructor for Act 49, which involves the training of PA State Constables.

In 2009, Officer Smith was entered into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

He was listed on the Faculty Honor Roll in 2002.

Officer Smith has been married to his wife Peggy since 1978.  They have 3 sons and 1 daughter.

Interests/Retirement Plans: Law enforcement training and instructing, physical fitness, working with numerous youth programs. Spending time with family.


The University of Pittsburgh Police Department would like to remind the community to use caution and extreme discretion when approached by people that ask for money.  Thieves are known to use this tactic enhanced by a sad story with deceitful promises to return the money.

If you encounter this activity or witness it, please contact our department immediately at “412-624-2121” or Pittsburgh PD at “911”.    Any detailed information on the encounter would be beneficial.


Police agencies within the local area are investigating reports of unauthorized withdrawal of funds from banking accounts.  It is believed that account information is being compromised by a skimming device that is being placed on ATM’s. 


A skimming device is an unauthorized electronic card reader that is placed on an ATM allowing criminals to access and fraudulently use...Read More>