Professional Conduct

Police Interaction

The University of Pittsburgh Police are a visible presence throughout Oakland. We encourage officers to become acquainted with those who live and work in the area. Police interaction with the public is expected, and officers’ contact with the public better serves the community. 

When an officer is investigating an incident, you may be stopped and questioned. This could happen for a variety of reasons. The officer might want to know if you have information that may be helpful, a crime may have occurred recently and you might match a description of the suspect, or another citizen may have made a complaint against you and the officer is trying to determine if the complaint has merit. In all cases, if an officer asks you to identify yourself, you must show your valid Pitt ID (See Student Code of Conduct).

The officer may ask you reasonable questions to help determine whether a crime has occurred or if a complaint is valid. You are encouraged to cooperate with the officer in order to expedite the process. Upon request, all Pitt Police Officers will provide their name, badge number, and/or business card. 

If you’ve had any interaction with a Pitt Police Officer and wish to file a complaint or pass along a compliment, you may do so by filling out this Input Form.

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

"As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities. I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers.

I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice. I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement."