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This archived information is dated to the 2011-12 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Police Services

Department Office: Corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street

Phone: (650) 723-9633

Web Site:

The Stanford Department of Public Safety is a full service police department that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For police, fire, or ambulance response, dial 9-1-1, or 9-9-1-1 from a University phone. Emergency assistance can also be obtained by using one of the nearly 100 Blue Emergency Phone Towers strategically placed around campus.

The department is composed of the following divisions:

The Field Services Division consists of sworn and non-sworn officers who patrol the campus and respond to calls for service. Sworn officers receive their police powers through the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Sworn officers have the legal authority to stop vehicles, make arrests, and enforce all laws. Non-sworn officers assist the sworn officers with security patrols, evidence collection, crime prevention presentations, and other assigned tasks.

Community Service Division: Community Service Officers (CSOs) enforce the parking rules and regulations on campus, and provide traffic control at special events, construction zones, and accident scenes. CSOs also provide building security during emergency or critical incidents.

The Support Services Division provides logistical, technical, and accounting support to the department. Special events are handled through this division as well. Special Events Personnel (SEPs) provide security at campus events including athletic events, concerts, student-sponsored events, and dignitary visits. SEPs are available for hire by groups needing security at their University events. Contact the special events office at (650) 723-4924, or email, for more information.

The Administrative Support Division supports the department through training, recruiting, payroll, human resources, and other business functions.

For additional safety information or to view the yearly crime statistics, see the Stanford Safety and Security Almanac, available free from Public Safety, or see

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