The Department of Public Safety emphasizes “community policing,” which means that the department works collaboratively with the community to prevent, identify and resolve problems and causes of crime and disorder. Community policing utilizes the input and talents of all members of the community in safeguarding the campus. Foot and bike patrols are emphasized so that officers are closer to the community and can establish and maintain trust.

Students, faculty, teachers, and staff are encouraged to:

  • Be aware of their surroundings.
  • Become familiar with the officers assigned to their area.
  • Take reasonable precautions.
  • Be knowledgeable of the safety resources and services available to them.
  • Report any and all crimes and suspicious behaviors or incidents by calling the emergency lines or using the emergency blue lights.

Safety Measures

  • Access to many buildings, including dormitories, are controlled and monitored by an access control and intrusion detection system.
  • DPS officers routinely patrol the dormitory areas.
  • An electronic surveillance system permits DPS to monitor many key areas on campus.
  • Highly visible emergency blue lights are located throughout the campus and can be used to summon public safety officers for police, medical or fire emergencies.

The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) assists with specialized, complex investigations on campus and with incidents involving Gallaudet that occur off campus. Metropolitan police are contacted and dispatched to campus in any arrest situation. MPD is also contacted at the request of a complainant or victim.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

If you are stopped by a police officer on or off campus, you have certain rights and responsibilities. RIGHT: You have a right to clear communication. Most DPS officers sign, and they are continually improving their skills. The Metropolitan Police Department has 30 sign language...

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Sex Offender Registry and Access to Related Information

Incarceration may remove a sex offender from the streets but it does nothing to prevent the offender from committing another crime when released. The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act was enacted and put into effect on October 28, 2000. The law requires that institutions...

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Barring Policy

Campus Access Restriction (CAR) Bar status shall be given to person(s) internal or external to the Gallaudet University campus who has exhibited behavior (criminal misconduct) which has been deemed harmful to the University community (property or person) and is no longer welcomed on campus or...

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Contact Us

Public Safety

Carlin Hall Basement

(202) 651-5445

(202) 651-5555

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