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Department of Safety & Security

At the University of Chicago’s Department of Safety & Security (DSS), the safety of our students, employees, local residents, and visitors is our top priority. DSS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help keep you safe on and off campus. Below you will find information about the people of our department and the work we do.

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Our Mission

The Department of Safety & Security is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment in which knowledge may be freely and rigorously pursued. To achieve this mission, we call upon our collective skills and expertise to provide an integrated safety program through collaborative partnerships, while adhering to our core values of: Respect - Engage members of the diverse community with dignity and compassion. Integrity - Perform our duties with an unwavering commitment to a code of honesty. Service - Serve with creativity and competence, and actively contribute to the well-being of our community through the understanding of its needs, values, and goals. Excellence - Strive for the highest of standards in our work every day.

Mission Statement

The Department of Safety & Security is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment in which knowledge may be freely and rigorously pursued.

To achieve this mission, we call upon our collective skills and expertise to provide an integrated safety program through collaborative partnerships, while adhering to our core values of:

Respect - Engage members of the diverse community with dignity and compassion

Integrity - Perform our duties with an unwavering commitment to a code of honesty

Service - Serve with creativity and competence, and actively contribute to the well-being of our community through the understanding of its needs, values, and goals

Excellence - Strive for the highest of standards in our work every day

OUR UNITS

A security officer stands at the entrance to the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus.

Campus Safety

Two Emergency Management employees speak with a UCPD officer.

Emergency Management & Communications

Tom Tucker, left, Krista Cooley, center, and Heather Sims, members of the Environmental Health and Safety staff, celebrate National Safety Month by hosting a tent on the main quad at the University of Chicago.

Environmental Health and Safety

UCPD headquarters, located at 6054 South Drexel Avenue on the University of Chicago campus.

Management Services

A University UGo shuttle parked on the University of Chicago campus

Transportation & Parking Services

Sergeant Michael Snowden calls in from his UCPD vehicle outside the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

University of Chicago Police Department