Carnegie Mellon University

About CMU Police Department

Welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department's website, a place where visitors can find information about our services as well as safety tips, crime alerts and links to other public safety resources.

The Carnegie Mellon University Police Department (CMUPD) responds to approximately 13,000 calls for service annually. CMU has a very low crime rate ;and our staff is committed to keeping our community safe.

The CMUPD is comprised of 30 sworn police officers, 45 security officers, six dispatchers and two civilian support staff. Police officers are graduates of the Pennsylvania Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Certification Program, and are authorized under Pennsylvania Title 22 Pa.C.S.A., § 501 to serve as private police for Carnegie Mellon University. All of our staff undergo a vigorous selection and background process and must successfully complete a Field Training Program and probationary period.

Police officers perform mobile, foot, motorcycle and bicycle patrols of CMU properties; enforce traffic and criminal laws; investigate crimes; and provide community support, outreach and education. Security officers provide access service to facilities as well as general safety services to the university community. Security officers work at fixed posts in a number of CMU facilities, such as Mellon Institute and the Software Engineering Institute. Dispatchers staff our Communications Center, answer and dispatch all calls for service and control the security camera system on campus.