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Stanford Public Safety Services

Personnel | Complaint / Feedback Procedure | Services | Community Outreach

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) provides safety, security, law enforcement, crime prevention, and emergency response services on Stanford’s main campus (in unincorporated Santa Clara County) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Public Safety’s employees include sworn personnel holding the ranks of Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief, as well as non-sworn personnel including Civilian Supervisors, Community Service Officers, Public Safety Officers, Special Events Patrol, Foothills Personnel, and support staff.

SUDPS personnel provide public safety services during large scale sporting and political events; assist campus emergency preparedness efforts; and provide training and presentations on a variety of topics including: crime prevention, active shooter response, personal security and behavioral threat assessments.

The law enforcement division works closely and cooperatively with Federal, State, and local agencies on issues of mutual concern by sharing information and resources as needed. Any arrests or prosecution efforts stemming from activities occurring on campus are submitted to the Office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney, which possesses the legal authority to prosecute violations of the law.


Stanford Deputy Sheriffs derive their peace officer powers through a written memorandum of understanding between Stanford University and the Sheriff of Santa Clara County. While on duty, Stanford deputies have full law enforcement powers to make arrests, enforce all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, and provide any other law enforcement services pursuant to California Penal Code §830.6.The training received by Stanford deputies meets California State standards for fullfunctioning Peace Officers.

The training program includes 24 weeks of police academy training followed by a supervised in-field training program and continuous in-service, specialty, andadvanced training designed to foster personal and professional growth.

Opportunities for career advancement and enhanced professional skills include assignments in traffic, investigations, dignitary protection, self-defense, firearms training, and promotion to supervisory ranks.

Civilian Supervisors are full-time personnel who supervise all uniformed non-sworn personnel including Community Service Officers, Public Safety Officers, Special Events Patrol, and Foothills Service Personnel assigned to parking enforcement, foothills management, and event safety and security.

Community Service Officers (CSOs) and Public Service Officers (PSOs) are full-time personnel who patrol the university by foot, bicycle, or motor vehicle to provide a safe and secure campus environment by performing security, parking enforcement, and traffic control. CSOs serve as leads.

Special Events Patrol (SEPs) are hourly, part-time personnel whose duties include: security, crowd management, and traffic control during special events and emergencies. Student Special Events Patrol (SSEPs) are Stanford student employees who perform similar duties as SEPs in addition to special projects.

Foothills Service Personnel (FSPs)greet and provide information to visitors at the Stanford Foothills. FSPs also report public safety needs and suspicious activity to first responders. The FSPs are located at the entrance of “The Dish,” a conservation area which is visited by over 500,000 persons annually. Feel free to stop by and say hello!

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Complaint / Feedback Procedure

SUDPS is committed to providing exceptional service, and we welcome feedback from the community to help us best serve the needs of the community. If you believe you have received less than acceptable service, we want to know about it. Feedback, including complaints about the conduct of Stanford Department of Public Safety personnel, may be offered:

  • In person at the Police & Fire Facility at 711 Serra Street; Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • By mail to 711 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
  • By email to
  • By phone at (650) 723-9633
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Frequently Requested Services

The Records Division is the business activities hub of the Department of Public Safety. In 2012, the SUDPS Records Division assisted 7,982 people over the phone and helped more than 4,183 walk-in customers.

File a Police Report
In a non-emergency situation during regular business hours, call the main office at 650-723-9633. After hours, on weekends, or during holidays, call our dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Call 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone) immediately to report an emergency incident.

Appeal a Parking Citation
Request a Parking Citation Administrative review online at The public phone number for the County of Santa Clara citation management company is: 1-800-989-2058.

Attend the Bike Diversion Program
Recipients of bicycle citations issued by Stanford DPS personnel on the Stanford campus may attend a bike safety class once every 18 months in lieu of paying for a bicycle citation. Individuals must register online within 30 days of receipt of the citation. For more information about the bike diversion program, see our bicycle programs page:

Inquire About a Recovered or Impounded Bike
Call 650-444-4686 or email Call the main office at 650-723-9633 to report bike theft.

Schedule Fingerprinting
The Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff provides Live Scan fingerprinting services at a separate entrance on the Campus Drive side of the Police Station. Service is from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made online at or by calling 650-725-2499.

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Community Outreach

DPS goals for our outreach programs are to:

  • Create a positive dialogue with the community
  • Maintain open lines of communication to identify and resolve issues in a collaborative manner
  • Provide educational materials and programs
  • Assist residents in reducing the opportunity for crime

Learn more about our services and personnel through:

Dialogue with a Deputy ─ Chat informally with a Stanford deputy to learn more about police work and how we serve the campus community.

Ride-Along ─ Jump in the passenger seat and patrol with a deputy. Building & Dorm Liaisons ─ Meet the deputy liaison(s) assigned to your building or on-campus residence.

Group Centric ─ Schedule a presentation designed to meet the unique needs of your individual group or department.

The Rap Sheet ─ Subscribe to SUDPS’s quarterly newsletter to learn more about the department’s latest activities and safety tips.

Stanford Kids Identification Kits ─ Record your child’s fingerprints, photo, and description in case they go missing.

Bike Diversion Program ─ Join our initiative to create a safer bike culture at Stanford through this one-hour presentation on how to ride defensively and in accordance with university policies and county laws.

Resource Fairs & Community Events ─ Invite SUDPS to your next fair or gathering to hand out safety resources and answer questions.

Security and safety education and awareness programs are offered throughout the year.

Security and Safety Education & Awareness Presentations
Learn how to prevent crime, protect your property, enhance your personal safety, and guard against bicycle, laptop, and identity theft.

Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Program
SUDPS offers free security vulnerability assessments of any building, lab, or facility on campus. The assessment entails a walk-through by our trained and certified personnel with the building or facility and/or zone manager. We will identify potential vulnerabilities or threats to occupants, valuables (e.g., personal items, laptops, chemicals, research, etc.), and of the building itself.

Office Security Education Program (OSEP)
Academic offices and labs are targets for computer, equipment, and personal property thefts. Most thefts are crimes of opportunity made possible by unlocked facilities and offices, leaving valuables exposed and unattended or unsecured, and inattention by building, lab, and office occupants. In an effort to educate staff and students about proper security and to reduce thefts, SUDPS personnel will work with the building and/or zone managers to eriodically conduct unannounced security surveys of University-operated facilities and provide suggestions for improving security. The results are reported to the building and/or zone manager to educate and increase awareness by the building occupants on building security.

Security Services for Stanford Residents

Home Security Assessment
Contact Bill Larson ( for a free security assessment of your Stanford residence with suggestions to improve or enhance the security.

Vacation Check
Call 650-723-9633 (M-F, 8 am - 5 pm) to schedule a free spot check of your Stanford residence while on vacation.

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