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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 2015
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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 confronted by an attacker....

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

Detective Patrick Laughlin

Detective Patrick Laughlin

Years of service:  9 years

Education: Central Catholic High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology.  ACT 120 Municipal Police Academy at IUP.

Background:  Currently assigned as a detective within the Investigations Unit at the University of Pittsburgh Police.  Previously worked part time at the Oakmont Police as well as the Verona Police for approximately a year and a half.

Interests:  I played ice hockey in high school, and am currently playing in a roller hockey league.  I am a big fan of stand-up comedy as well as food, and have been called a walking Zagat catalog.  I love traveling, especially overseas, and have been fortunate enough to take trips to Ireland and Germany.


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.

Officer Recognition

Officer Heather Camp

Officer Heather Camp

Years of service:  7.5 years

Education:  Penn-Trafford High School graduate; University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg Campus)- Bachelor of Science in Biology; Allegheny County Police Training Academy- Act 120

Background:  Currently, I’m a Community Relations Officer and have also worked 3 years as a Bicycle Patrol Officer.  Prior to working for Pitt Police, I worked 1.5 years part-time for Springdale Borough P.D. and 2 years part-time for Frazer Twp. P.D.  I also spent 20 years as a competitive dancer for Janet’s School of Dance and 4 years as a dancer for the Pitt Greensburg Dance Team.

Interests:  I enjoy everything outdoors such as kayaking, biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, anything involving nature; my biggest passion in life is animals and spending time with my dogs.  I also enjoy home improvements, traveling, cooking, fitness, spending time with my friends and loved ones and making memories.  Interacting with the Oakland community has been the most rewarding aspects of my job as a police officer.  I am highly involved with our students, staff and faculty on various levels including instructing self-defense, situational awareness, alcohol safety, assault prevention, etc.