Protective Services: The law enforcement
and security division at the School of Medicine
We at Protective Services are always striving to find the proper balance between keeping the campus community safe and secure while upholding an open and inclusive environment. Consequently, we request your feedback, whether favorable or unfavorable, on any of our programs or activities.
Reporting Emergencies on Campus
Law Enforcement and Security at The School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services is a combination of armed response officers, unarmed communications officers, and unarmed public safety officers who provide security coverage for campus on a seven-day per week, 24-hour basis. These officers are University employees. Additionally, an unarmed contract security contingent staffs certain fixed posts on campus. An overview of crime awareness and campus security can be found by clicking here.
Impartial Policing Policy
The purpose of the policy is to reaffirm WUSM Protective Services’ commitment to unbiased policing in all its encounters between officers and any person; to reinforce procedures that serve to ensure public confidence and mutual trust through the provision of services in a fair and equitable fashion; and to protect our officers from unwarranted accusations of misconduct when they act within the dictates of departmental policy and the law.
It is the policy of Protective Services to patrol the campus in a proactive manner and to investigate suspected violations of law/university policy violations. Officers shall actively enforce federal, state, and local laws, in addition to university policy violations, in a responsible and professional manner without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, or any other bias. The right of all persons to be treated equally and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures will be respected.
This policy does not preclude officers from offering assistance to persons nor does it prohibit stopping someone suspected of a crime based upon observed actions and/or information received about a potential felony.
Joint Public Safety Center
The Joint Public Safety Center, located in the Mid Campus Center, is a partnership between Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services, Washington University Emergency Management, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Public Safety. While previously operating independently and utilizing incompatible technology, these entities now work together to make the medical campus a safer place. The goal of the facility is to provide a quick and seamless response to a wide range of emergencies that affect the physical infrastructure of the campus or critical operations of the institution. To ensure seamless continuity of operations, the space is equipped with generators that can provide uninterrupted service in the event of a power outage. Co-locating and integrating the public-safety organizations within the Joint Public Safety Center strengthens each organization’s capabilities.
For more information, please view the Joint Public Safety Center brochure (PDF).
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