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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.

Status - Normal

The University of Pittsburgh is operating normally at this time.


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.


Officer Recognition

Officer Guy L. Johnson

Officer Guy Johnson

Years of service: 33 years

Education: Elizabeth Forward High School 1977

Background: Hired as a guard in October 1984, promoted to Police Officer in September 1986 after graduating from the Allegheny County Police Academy.  Worked in many areas of the department as a plain clothes officer, detective and now my current position as a community relations officer.

Interests: On the job, I enjoy serving and working with the university community (students, staff and faculty) along with the residents of the Oakland community. In my personal life, I am an ordained minister so I enjoy church, family and friends. I feel blessed to have worked in a job that I really enjoy coming to. God has surrounded me with so many wonderful people in my life.

Officer Retirement

Officer John Kiefer

Congratulations to Officer John Kiefer on his retirement today!  Thank you for 34 years of service to the University of Pittsburgh Police Department and to the University Community. 


On the evening of Sunday, September 10, 2017, the University of Pittsburgh Police Department responded to two separate but similar indecent exposure incidents in the South Oakland area involving an African American male who was driving a Black Jeep SUV.  In both incidents, the male asked the female victims for directions.  When the females approached the vehicle, the male spoke of masturbating and was clearly exposing himself.

Through a cooperative effort with other police departments, the male has been identified and a warrant is being secured for his arrest.  Information will be updated when the actor is in custody.