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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.



The University of Pittsburgh Police would like to notify the community that several traffic patterns will be altered Saturday February 18th from 2:00 pm until 4:15 pm, due to an event in Schenley Plaza.

The following streets will be affected:

  • Forbes Ave. and Fifth Ave. between South Bellefield Ave. and South Bouquet St.
  • South Bouquet Street between Fifth Ave. and Forbes Ave.
  • South Bellefield Avenue between Fifth Ave. and Forbes Ave.

Please use caution and allow extra time for travel within the area.

Officer Recognition

Officer John C. Kiefer

Officer John C. Kiefer

Years of service:  33 years

Education: Plum HS, CCAC (credits), North Park Police Academy

Background:  I began as a Pitt Guard in 1983 and completed training at the Police Academy in 1985.  During my years at Pitt, I spent time in Community Relations, as a Field Training Officer (FTO), on the Impact Team and SERT Team.  I have been married for 41 years, I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Interests: My interests include going to the gym, golfing, biking, carpentry, vacationing and above all else spending time with my family and grandchildren. 

Off Campus Incident

City of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh police are investigating a report of a shooting Wednesday evening off campus in the vicinity of Ophelia and Hamlet streets in South Oakland. No university students or personnel have been reported involved in the incident.  The incident was isolated and there is no continuing threat to the University community.