Campus Safety

With over 28,000 students and over 3,000 faculty and staff, Sac State is larger than many cities and towns in California. Since our college in many ways is like a small city, being aware of your safety, surroundings and property is important.


Department of Public Safety - The Sac State Department of Public Safety is a fully certified police agency with 24 police officers, 25 community service officers (CSOs), 5 dispatchers, and 5 support staff. The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays. It is located in the Public Service building near parking lot #7. 

Public Service Centers - Public Safety has recently opened two Public Service Centers located on the first floor of the University Union and in the Desmond Residence Hall. They are available to assist the campus community with crime prevention information, bicycle registration, Emergency Notification System (ENS) registration and general information. Members of the campus community are encouraged to sign up for ENS at ENS will notify the campus community of important safety-related events through emails and text messages.

Night Shuttle/Escort Service – An on-campus Night Shuttle/Escort Service is provided by University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS), Monday-Thursday, from dusk to 11:00 p.m. The night shuttle staff can be reached during operating hours by dialing extension 8-7260 from any campus phone. Additionally, Community Service Officers patrol the campus at night on foot and in golf carts, offering safety escorts to students and staff to and from any on campus location. Sacramento State Police officers are available for night escort after 11:00 p.m. and shuttle off-hours. You may contact them by dialing 8-6841 from any campus phone.

Blue Emergency Phones - 152 blue emergency phones are located throughout the campus, including on each floor of the parking structures. When picked up or activated, you will be immediately connected to a Department of Public Safety dispatcher. You may also use any of the 315 red phones located throughout the campus in case of emergency.

Phone Systems – If you use any campus phone (except payphones) to call 911, you will be immediately connected to a Department of Public Safety dispatcher. It is highly recommended that you put the Department of Public Safety’s 7-digit phone number in your cell phone—(916) 278-6851—since 911 calls on cell phones go directly to the California Highway Patrol. A call that goes to the CHP first requires a transfer to the Sacramento State Dispatch Center, which consumes valuable time in case of an on-campus emergency.

Crime Statistics – Sacramento State’s Jeanne Cleary Report can be accessed at In addition to general Department of Public Safety information, the report contains information regarding: reported incidents and campus crime statistics; protocols and procedures for making reports; health and safety policies; security and crime prevention programs; emergency response and evacuation protocols; and fire safety information. The Jeanne Clery Report is part of the Federal Campus Security Act, and hard copies of the report may be obtained at the Department of Public Safety.

Crisis Planning - Crisis Planning materials are available at the Department of Public Safety website: Information includes Critical Incident Preparedness, Emergency Action Plan, Emergency Response Manual, Sacramento State Multi-Hazard Plan, and a link to the Department of Homeland Security.

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