711 Serra St. Stanford, CA 94305
650-723-9633

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Update to Closure of Southbound El Camino Real 2/24/15, 7:55 PM

From Stanford PD: The accident that closed the southbound lanes of El Camino Real has been cleared. Normal traffic has resumed.

Posted 2/24/15

Community Alert-- Southbound El Camino Real Closed 2/24/15, 6:45 PM

From Stanford PD: Palo Alto PD has closed southbound El Camino Real between Embarcadero Road and Serra Street due to a vehicle rollover. Use alternate routes, and note that northbound traffic on El Camino Real has also been impacted. Updates, when available, will be posted to emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 2/24/15

Update to Gas Line Leak 2/19/15, 3:38pm

The low pressure gas line break in the area of Fremont Road between Searsville and Electioneer has been shut off and rendered safe by PG&E. The area is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Posted 02/19/15

Community Alert--Low Pressure Gas Line Leak 2/19/15, 2:00pm

From Stanford PD:02/19/15, Low pressure gas leak at Fremont Road between Searsville and Electioneer, 2:00pm. Campus Drive is not impacted. If possible avoid the area. PG&E is on scene.

Updates, when available, at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 02/19/15

Community Alert- Possible Mountain Lion Sighting

At 09:34 am there was a report of a possible mountain lion sighting. It was reportedly seen in the vicinity of Page Mill and Peter Coutts. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Call 9-1-1.

Here are a few tips: Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active- dawn, dusk, and at night. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions, visit www.keepmewild.org.

Posted 02/12/15

Community Alert-Major Traffic Delays & Parking Impacts on Feb. 13

On Friday, Feb. 13, the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection will impact parking and traffic on and around campus.

For information on parking impacts and traffic delays please refer to the Parking & Transportation website.

Posted 02/11/15

Community Alert - Auto Burglaries

There have been 14 auto burglaries since the beginning of Winter Quarter. The majority of the burglaries have taken place in Parking Structure 6 (below Wilbur Field) although others have occurred in other locations on campus.

To help prevent from becoming a target, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety is encouraging individuals to engage in a few simple practices:

  • Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle or unattended on your desk or work area.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.
  • Most importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Additionally, the university is encouraging individuals to encrypt their mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

    If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university’s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

    Posted 02/09/15

    Community Alert: FBI Public Service Announcements

    The FBI has recently issued two public service announcements regarding scams which have resulted in victims throughout the country.

    The first scam is known as the "Work-from-home" scam, which specifically targets university students. Students have received emails recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The "position" requires the student to provide his/her bank account number under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.

    The second scam is a university employee payroll scam. The employees are receiving fraudulent emails indicating a change in their human resource status. The email contains a link directing the employee to login to their human resources website to identify this change. While the website looks very similar to the legitimate site, it is actually a bogus site where the scammers are able to steal the employee's credentials. The scammers then use these credentials to access the employee's direct deposit information via the actual website, redirecting their pay.

    A copy of the complete FBI Public Service Announcements may be viewed here:

    Work From Home Scam
    University Payroll Scam

    To avoid becoming a victim, NEVER send money or provide personal or financial information to anyone who requests such information through an email or other solicitation, no matter how good or credible the offer sounds!

    If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

    Posted 1/16/15



    About SUDPS

    The Department of Public Safety is located at 711 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305. You can find us on the corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street, in the Police and Fire building. We are across the street from the Valero gas station on campus. The main office is open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am-5pm; however, officers are on duty 24 hours/day, every day of the year.

    Our phone number is (650)723-9633. In an emergency, please dial 911.

    The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe, secure atmosphere that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property at Stanford University within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

    The members of the Stanford Department of Public Safety are committed to providing high quality, public safety services with a strong emphasis on customer service. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to honor the spirit and letter of the laws we are charged to uphold; we strive to enhance our professional skills and knowledge; and we dedicate our full attention to our duties in order to earn and maintain the public's trust. The hallmarks of our service will be a dedication to the principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and courtesy. We are committed to upholding these values. Let us know how we can best serve you.

    Photo:Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.
    Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.