Campus-wide Safety

Administered through the USC Department of Public Safety (DPS), the University of Southern California is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States employing 293 full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers.

Under the leadership of Chief John Thomas, the department’s primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment on campus and in the local USC community that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to realize their academic and social pursuits.

The department offers a variety of quality public safety services and educational programs administered through the utilization of highly trained personnel, state-of-the-art technology, and a community-based policing philosophy.

A Shared Responsibility
Crime prevention is a shared responsibility.  To realize our vision of becoming the safest urban campus in America, DPS seeks the cooperation of the entire Trojan Family.  DPS relies on the collaboration and support of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who embrace crime prevention best practices and responsible behavior.

DPS enjoys a strong public safety partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department with whom we work with on a daily basis.  DPS also works closely with a number of other public safety departments within the university including Fire Safety/Emergency Planning and Environmental Health and Safety, and Risk Management.

If You See Something, Say Something

Call 213-740-4321 to report a crimes in progress, suspicious or threatening behavior, or other emergencies.

Non-emergencies can be reported to DPS at 213-740-6000 or reported anonymously through Trojans Caring For Trojans (TC4T), an initiative that empowers students to take action when they are concerned about a fellow Trojan.

Additionally, over 400 Emergency Blue Light Phones are conveniently located across campus which provides immediate access to a DPS communications officer.

Learn more about campus safety at the USC Department of Public Safety website.