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Public Safety

The Saint Louis University Department of Public Safety (DPS) serves the University community by providing a safe and secure environment that fosters trust, equity, and accountability. DPS is committed to proactive and thoughtful relationship building that promotes the safety and well-being of all who learn, work and live in the SLU community.

Our officers are each armed and licensed by the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners and attend year-round training in courses covering topics of mental health, fair and impartial policing and emergency response.

We are fortunate to have the Department of Public Safety in the Division of Student Development within the provost’s office as it allows us to develop meaningful relationships across the University to serve our community. I am grateful to work with a talented group of public safety professionals at Saint Louis University who are committed to serving our community in meaningful ways.”
Sarah Cunningham, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Development

Security cameras on campus


Emergency phones and blue call boxes


DPS patrol officers


Training courses taught by certified DPS Instructors

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SLU Emergency Notifications

Students, parents, faculty and staff are informed in the case of a campus emergency via SLU’s emergency notification system. Depending on the event, alerts may be issued by text, phone call, email, social media and through electronic signage on campus.

Register for Emergency Notifications

Rave Guardian App

The Rave Guardian app leverages mobile technology to turn smartphones into personal safety devices. Features include one-touch dialing for 911 and virtual escorts. Download the app for free from your app store. 

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