University of San Diego Public Safety Brochure

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Public Safety



The Department of Public Safety’s vision is to lead in all areas of professional campus safety practices and to effectively address the safety and security needs of the USD community. We are dedicated to upholding the mission of the university by supporting an environment in which diverse social, cultural and academic values are free to develop and prosper.


The USD Department of Public Safety provides service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to more than 10,000 students, faculty and staff throughout the year.

The Department of Public Safety places the security of the campus as its top priority. It helps to educate the campus community on crime prevention, offers safety tips and provides numerous trainings to the campus community. Among those are, Campus Emergency Procedures Review and Guidance Training — held twice per month during the academic semesters — R.A.D. Self-Defense training and trainings on emergency preparedness.

Patrol Division

Public safety officers patrol the campus

24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure safety and provide a constant presence. They are prepared to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service and provide mutual aid assistance to local agencies when requested. They also provide a wide range of services to the campus community, including crime prevention, crime control, protection of life and property, and routinely conduct presence and detection patrols.

Public safety officers monitor for suspicious activity and take action as required; responding to incidents, rendering first aid and directing traffic for special events on campus.

Public safety officers also provide safety presentations for departments on campus. All officers attend Advanced Officer Training each year and hold both Guard Card and Basic Firearms Certifications.

Dispatch Center

The Dispatch Center for the University of San Diego is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with highly trained public safety dispatchers. The Dispatch Center is responsible for providing around-the-clock communications and coordination of public safety services to the campus community. USD Dispatch staff members answer incoming telephone calls and dispatch public safety officers to incidents on campus. They monitor fire and alarm systems, as well as coordinate with the San Diego Police and Fire Department Dispatch Centers.


Emergency Management at Work

Welcome to a safer and more resilient campus community, where your well-being is our top priority. The USD emergency management effort provides leadership in preparedness, response and recovery. Our mission is safeguarding our campus community against unforeseen challenges.

Why Emergency Management Matters

In the face of natural disasters, pandemics and unforeseen crises, having a comprehensive emergency management program is the first line of defense. The Office of Emergency Management works tirelessly behind the scenes, collaborating with local agencies, first responders and community leaders to ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality.



The emergency manager leads initiatives to educate and empower the community, offering resources and training to enhance your ability to respond to emergencies.


When crises strike, our emergency manager coordinates swift and effective responses, ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in our community.


The emergency manager works on long-term recovery plans, helping our community rebuild stronger and more resilient than ever.

Your Role in Preparedness

We believe in the power of community. The Office of Emergency Management invites you to be an active participant in our preparedness efforts. Attend workshops, engage in drills and stay informed to contribute to the collective safety of our community.

Call to Action

Our safety is a shared responsibility. Join us in creating a safer, more resilient community.

Connect with our Office of Emergency Management and be an active part of the preparedness journey.

Contact Information

For inquiries, workshops and collaboration opportunities, contact the Office of Emergency Management at (619) 260-2205.


A Public Safety escort is provided from dusk to dawn for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus at night. Call Public Safety at (619) 260-7777. An escort will be sent to you and will accompany you to your on-campus location. Public Safety also provides escorts within a one-mile radius of the USD campus.

Safety Escort


The purpose of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act, is to provide the campus community with timely and accurate information about crime and safety of the campus environment, so that community members can make informed decisions to keep themselves safe. By October 1 of each year, the University of San Diego publishes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains three years’ worth of report crime and fire statistics that occurred on the Clery geography of the university. This report also contains statements regarding certain campus policies and procedures, including policies regarding sexual misconduct and relationship violence, alcohol and other drugs, and fire safety disclosures. The policy statements included in the report are updated annually and include the most current information at the time of publishing. The Department of Public Safety also maintains a Daily Crime and Fire Log for the main USD campus and the Madrid Center campus, notifies and trains Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) of their reporting responsibilities and issues Timely Warning and Emergency Notifications as required by the Clery Act.

If you have any questions regarding the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, contact the Clery Act Compliance Manager at

Torero Bike

The Torero Bike Library provides a free helmet and U-lock to registered students and employees who wish to rent a bike for the day, week or semester.

To learn more, please call us at (619) 260-7777 or email

Safety Check

Be safe on campus and abroad!

Use the MySanDiego Mobile App to contact Public Safety and learn helpful safety tips and resources.


Contact DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Alcalá Park west - Durango 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 260-7777 Dispatch Center (Non-Emergencies) (619) 260-2222 Emergencies
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