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What should you do if you find yourself in an active killer situation? Watch this video, created by Student Affairs featuring our Pitt police officers, to find out.

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For Safety's Sake

Click the link for the current issue of the For Safety's Sake publication.

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Helping Students Stay SAFE

SAFE (Self Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, Inc.

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Public Safety Building

The Pitt Police Station is located on the first three floors of the Jerome Cochran Public Safety Building.


Campus Safety

The University of Pittsburgh Police help contribute to a positive college experience by providing a safe environment to live, learn, and work. 

Watch the video below to learn more about our department and campus safety:

SAFE Program

Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange

SAFE is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, Inc. This program teaches students a variety of self-defense tactics and options if...

Pride in Our Community

The University of Pittsburgh Police takes pride in the proactive programs offered in the Pitt community and in the Oakland and surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods. These include safety talks, Rape Aggression Defense, and Residence Officer programs as well as community crime prevention groups. Pitt Police’s K9 officers make regular appearances on campus to promote safety.


Employee Recognition

Sergeant Mark A. Villaseñor

Sergeant Mark Villaseñor

Years of service: 10 years


  • Masters Degree, Health Services Administration, Barry University.
  • BA Sociology, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Act 120, Allegheny County Police Training Academy.

Background: Prior to becoming a police officer, I was a pharmaceutical sales representative.  I made a career change and joined UPPD.  I have held the position as police officer, SERT operator, plain clothes detective, detective sergeant, patrol sergeant and my current role as Community Relations / Neighborhood Resource Unit Supervisor.  I spearheaded, the Pitt Police “Most Wanted” food drive.  The food collected has been donated to the Pitt Pantry, (CHS) Community Human Services South Oakland, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and the Light of Life. 

I recently received the University of Pittsburgh 2018 Staff Professional Development Award in Honor of Ronald W. Frisch.

Interests: I enjoy lazy days on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. I will never turn down a good Cuban sandwich and a Cuban coffee.  In my spare time I like selling on eBay and buying cryptocurrency.

Employee Recognition

Sergeant Brooke Riley

Sergeant Brooke Riley

Years of service: 5 years


  • West Virginia University, B.A. Criminology & Investigations, Communication Studies Minor
  • Beaver County Police Academy, Act 120 Certification
  • University of Pittsburgh, Masters in Public & International Affairs, Security & Intelligence Major

Background: Before joining UPPD, I worked in juvenile probation.  I’ve enjoyed advising college women in my sorority Pi Beta Phi. At UPPD, I have enjoyed training new officers as a Field Training Officer.  I am also an assistant instructor for defense tactics for the department’s response to active killer training. I was recently named an Emerging Leader within the Business and Operations of the University of Pittsburgh.  I recently received my Masters Degree here at Pitt and was also promoted to Sergeant.

Interests: I love spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy cooking and travelling with my husband.  My hobbies include amateur boxing, working out and baking.  I appreciate a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

Employee Recognition

Guard Nashaun L. Forney

Guard Nashaun Forney

Years of service: 17 years

Education: Community College of Allegheny County; Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Background: Training Center Faculty for the American Heart Association; Pennsylvania Department of Health EMS Instructor; Nationally Certified Paramedic; Tactical Emergency Medical Support Provider.

I am Security Guard with our department and have taken on the additional responsibilities of CPR & First Aid training for our department members and also provide medical support for our department’s SERT unit. Outside of the University I work for two local EMS Agencies and as adjunct instructor at CCAC and Energy Innovation Center Institute. I am the proud parent of five children and have one grandson and another grandchild due by the end of this summer. My current goal is to complete my Bachelors Degree and attend a Physician Assistant Program.

Interests: Soccer, College Basketball, Live Music, Outdoor Activities with the family, and travel.