711 Serra St. Stanford, CA 94305

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Update: Brush Fire 6/14/14

The brush fire in the foothills between Behavioral Science and Observatory was caused by a broken power line. PG&E has restored and fixed the problem. The fire department has cleared the area and it is now safe for normal use. Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted 06/14/14

Brush Fire 6/14/14 8:54am

Department of Public Safety and the fire department responded to a brush fire in the foothills between Behavioral Science and the Observatory. Please stay away from the area.

Posted 06/14/14

Gas Line Break Cleared 6/9/14

The gas line break in the area of Comstock and Escondido has been repaired as of 10:09am. The Escondido Village area is now clear and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Work crews shut off the gas leaking from a 1 ½ inch line. The Palo Alto Fire Department has declared the area safe to reoccupy.

Posted 06/09/14

Gas Line Break 6/9/14

At approximately 9:13 am on Monday June 9, 2014, a gas line break was reported in the area of Comstock and Escondido. Police, Fire and PG&E are on scene. Stay away from the area until further notice.

Additional updates will be posted as available on this website.

Posted 06/09/14

Armed Person Seen

On 6/8/14 @ 3:38 AM Stanford Police received a report of an armed person on Lomita at Lomita Court (seen at approx. 3:00 AM). The suspect was described as a white male, 35 years-old with short dark brown hair, wearing a white shirt. The suspect had stopped to ask for directions and during the contact a handgun was seen, however it was not being pointed at the reporting party. The suspect was last seen driving away in the SUV, heading towards Mayfield from Lomita.

Be alert, stay away from the area and take measures to protect yourself. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Posted 06/08/14

Interrupted Burglary 05/20/14

On 05/20/14 at 4:32pm, the Stanford Department of Public Safety responded to a call that there was an interrupted burglary at McFarland Court. At 5:05pm, a suspect was apprehended and is now in custody.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Posted 05/20/14

Prowling Incident, 5/10/14

On Saturday morning, May 10, 2014, at approximately 3:23am, a prowling/peeing incident occurred at Rains Houses, in the 200 block of Rosse lane. A female living on the first floor awoke to the sound of her window opening. She confronted a white male in his 20's with short, dark hair and a dark t-shirt. The suspect apologized and said that he had the wrong room before he left.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself. Keep doors and windows locked. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

Any updates will be posted as available on this website,

Posted 05/10/14

Reported Sexual Assault

On May 7th, 2014, a Campus Security Authority notified the Stanford Police Department that a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted by a non-student male acquaintance in a vehicle parked near the intersection of Lomita and Santa Teresa the evening of May 5th, 2014. There was no alcohol involved in this situation.

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one's ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity, most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.
We encourage individuals to think about the following points to help protect yourself and others from consuming drinks that may have been tampered with harmful substances:
  • Do not accept previously prepared drinks, especially from persons that you do not know or intimately trust.
  • Drink from tamper-proof bottles and cans and insist on opening them.
  • Insist on pouring or watching while any drink is mixed or prepared.
  • Do not drink from group drinks such as punch bowls.
  • Keep an eye on your drink or open soda can. Do not trust someone to watch it for you.
  • If you think you've been drugged, do not be afraid to seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. There is a short window of time to ensure appropriate response and medical treatment in these cases and they could result in serious health complications and consequences.
  • If someone passes out or is exhibiting signs that they may have been given drugs, call for medical attention IMMEDIATELY and explain your concerns.
  • If you suspect that you or someone you know has been drugged, contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety or your Residence/Graduate Life Dean (or ask that someone do it for you) IMMEDIATELY.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren't sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sara

Sexual Harassment Policy Office

Diversity and Access / Title IX Office

or the Stanford Department of Public Safety via this website or by calling (650)723-9633 during regular business hours.

Posted 05/07/14

Community Alert: Bomb Threat Hoax

Stanford is one of several locations across the country to have received intentional reports of non-existent emergencies. Over the past week, Stanford Police received telephone calls in which the callers made vague allegations of having placed a bomb in an unspecified area of campus. In one of the calls, laughter was heard in the background. Stanford Police quickly investigated each phone call and determined it not to be credible. The false reports appear to be part of a phenomenon known as "swatting," in which participants win "points" based upon the level of police response to a called-in hoax.

The Department of Public Safety wishes to emphasize the following points to the campus community about this matter.

First, intentionally reporting an emergency when none exists places the community at risk by diverting resources from real emergencies.

Second, falsely reporting crimes or emergencies is a crime. Stanford Police will conduct a thorough investigation of all such incidents. Offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In California, the law allows for the full cost recovery of an emergency response from the person perpetrating the hoax. The FBI and local law enforcement have successfully traced and prosecuted previous swatting incidents in various locations around the country.

Third, members of the campus community should not hesitate to call 911 or activate the nearest blue emergency tower to report crimes in progress or suspicious activity that you believe warrants a police response. Additionally, practice your safety skills by remaining aware of your surroundings and being on the lookout for suspicious activity. Report any suspicious activity or packages immediately by calling 911 or 9-911 from a campus telephone. Stanford Police will use the AlertSU system to communicate with the campus community whenever there is a credible threat to personal safety.

Posted 04/30/14


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.