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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

Officer Juan Ramon Polanco

Officer Juan Polanco

Years of Service: 14 years

Education: B.A. Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh; Minor in psychology

Background: Scholar athlete from 1979 until 1983 in the University of Pittsburgh football program.  Worked with the juvenile delinquent at Shuman Detention Center from 1983 until 1993.  Owner of Big Guy Construction, Pittsburgh Area.

Other Interests: Traveling, rare antiques, playing chess with son Tazio Ramon.  Also involved with C.R.A.B. (the Community Research Advisory Board).  This is through the Graduate School of Health.  Also involved with the Center for Health Equity which works with hispanics and disadvantaged minority groups in the Pittsburgh area.

SAFE Classes

Be sure to check back here for information on when the next SAFE self-defense classes will be held! Any questions about SAFE classes may be directed to Officer Heather Camp at hlc33@pitt.edu.

Off Campus Safety

Take a moment to review these safety tips if you live off campus. Be smart, be safe!