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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 2016

The 2016 issue of For Safety's Sake is now available! 

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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.

Status - Alert

Cathedral of Learning is closed. Classes that start before 6 p.m. in the Cathedral are cancelled. Evening students should check email for updates.


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.


Officer Retirement

Officer John Kiefer

Congratulations to Officer John Kiefer on his retirement today!  Thank you for 34 years of service to the University of Pittsburgh Police Department and to the University Community. 


On the evening of Sunday, September 10, 2017, the University of Pittsburgh Police Department responded to two separate but similar indecent exposure incidents in the South Oakland area involving an African American male who was driving a Black Jeep SUV.  In both incidents, the male asked the female victims for directions.  When the females approached the vehicle, the male spoke of masturbating and was clearly exposing himself.

Through a cooperative effort with other police departments, the male has been identified and a warrant is being secured for his arrest.  Information will be updated when the actor is in custody.

Officer Recognition

Officer Samuel G. Gaetano

Officer Samuel Gaetano

Years of service: 3 years


South Park High School, 2008

B.S. Justice Studies, California University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Allegheny County Police Training Academy, 2014

Background: After graduating from the police academy in 2014, I worked as a Police Officer with the City of Clairton, Port Vue and Southwest Regional Police Departments.  I started working as a Police Officer with University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and I recently became a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Rapid Deployment Team (R.D.T) and Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T).

Interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, lifting weights, running, riding my motorcycle, and playing drums or guitar. I also enjoy serving the community I work in and being a Police Officer for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.