About Us

The University of Pittsburgh Police Department is the third-largest law enforcement agency in Allegheny County, providing 24-hour protection for nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. We cover the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus, along with University facilities in outlying Pittsburgh neighborhoods, such as the Surplus Warehouse on Thomas Boulevard and the South Side Sports Complex.

We have around 100 commissioned officer positions, which include a motorcycle unit of six officers, a bicycle unit of six officers, a K-9 unit of four officers (two are K-9s), and a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The SERT team is fully equipped to immediately respond to life-threatening events. Ten communications room personnel, 46 security guards, and four administrative professionals are also an integral part of our department.

All commissioned officers are certified under state law and receive training in “rapid response, active shooter” on a regular basis.


Since its inception, the University of Pittsburgh Police Department has steadily progressed into a state-of-the-art law enforcement agency. With the constant support of the university community, the department has utilized educational and training opportunities to become a respected part of the community.

Professional Conduct

 We encourage officers to become acquainted with those who live and work in the area. Police interaction with the public is expected, and officers’ contact with the public better serves the community. 

Employee Recognition

The University of Pittsburgh Police department values their employees' hard work and dedication. See some of these exceptional employees.

Photo Gallery

View the Police Department photo gallery.