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To Report an Emergency: dial 9-1-1
General Non-emergency: 614-292-2121
Note: If calling from a campus phone, only dial the last five digits (e.g. 2-2121).


Although public safety is our job, it is the responsibility of everyone at the University. Through programs of education, information, and active police and security presence we endeavor to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are free from safety distractions so that they may learn, teach, and conduct research.

Creative and informative crime prevention, fire prevention, and international travel safety programs, which are available on this site, represent efforts to provide a customer service to meet contemporary needs. We welcome the opportunity to serve as well as receive suggestions from members of the community.

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The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton Announces Retirement

The Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton will retire, effective June 30, after 37 years in law enforcement. Denton, who served nine years as OSU police chief, plans to spend more time with his family. Denton became the ninth chief in OSU Police history in 2006 and promptly reorganized the Police Division to focus on a crime analysis and problem-oriented approach to address campus crime issues.

Deputy Chief Craig Stone, who joined OSU Police May 1, will serve as the acting police chief while long-term plans are finalized. Read more:

OSUPD Chief Paul Denton to Receive National Honor

Ohio State University Police Division Chief Paul Denton will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) during a conference in July. The award is given to a professional whose career includes multiple achievements and contributions with respect to sport safety and security.

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It’s Not an Option – It’s the Law. Click It or Ticket Campaign

In Ohio last year, 60 percent of all people killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign that runs May 18 through May 31. During this time, OSUPD will have a visible presence to encourage and enforce seatbelt laws in an effort to promote safety and increased seat belt usage. Do your part and buckle up! Remember – it’s not an option. It’s the law.

The Ohio State University Police Division Earns CALEA Accreditation

The Ohio State University Police Division (OSU PD) has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA accreditation confirms that OSUPD is meeting internationally recognized best practices of law enforcement agency standards. CALEA assessed OSU PD on programs and standards developed specifically for the college/university environment.

Of the approximately 680 law enforcement agencies serving colleges and universities nationwide, only 59 of them are accredited, putting OSU PD among the less than 10 percent of these agencies that have been recognized as meeting internationally recognized standards for law enforcement in the college/university environment.

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Campus Public Safety Notices

The Campus Public Safety Notice ("Notice") is provided to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that may present a threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness. In general, criminal suspects are unknown to the victims. However, in the instance of a violent crime occurring between two individuals who know each other, University Police will look at each instance to determine if the suspect poses a continued threat to the campus community and issue a warning where necessary. The Notice also seeks information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have been reported to the police.

Ohio State University Police are responsible for a Public Safety Notice when a crime is reported to or brought to the attention of the Ohio State University Police, and that crime represents a threat to the safety of members of the campus community. Information for alerts also comes from other law enforcement agencies or other offices. Every attempt will be made to distribute the Notice within 12 hours of the time the incident is reported; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Notices are distributed to on-campus offices, residence halls and libraries, off-campus businesses, on- and off-campus postings and the Internet.

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Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report - Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act report for The Ohio State University has been released. The report is available here Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report or as a PDF download Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report (PDF).

Copies of this annual report may be printed in PDF format from the OSU Department of Public Safety web site or requested from the following offices: University Police, The Department of Public Safety, The Office of Student Life, The Office of Student Judicial Affairs or The Office of Human Resources.