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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.


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 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.


Police agencies within the local area are investigating reports of unauthorized withdrawal of funds from banking accounts.  It is believed that account information is being compromised by a skimming device that is being placed on ATM’s. 


A skimming device is an unauthorized electronic card reader that is placed on an ATM allowing criminals to access and fraudulently use...Read More>

Officer Recognition

Commander Kathleen Schreiber

Commander Kathleen Schreiber

Years of service:  40 years (On May 2, 2017)

Education: Bachelor of Arts: Criminology - Indiana University of Pennsylvania;  Master of Studies in Law (MSL) - University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Background: Upon graduation from IUP in the field of Criminology, I joined the Pitt Police Department. Through the years, I worked in Patrol, Community Relations, Investigations, and served as Commander of Operations and Administration, and as Regional Commander for the campus police departments at Greensburg, Bradford, Titusville, and Johnstown.

I was married for 26 years (now widowed), and I enjoy a close relationship with my two adult children and extended family.

At a later date, when my children were older, I completed a master’s degree in Law Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on Employment and Labor Law.

Interests/Retirement Plans: Always interested in learning, I will continue to take some classes, through Pitt and through local venues.  I enjoy traveling and plan to see some new places. I also enjoy biking and yoga, volunteer work, reading, and home projects.