Department of Public Safety's office

Campus Police

The mission of the Department of Public Safety
To provide for the overall safety and security of the University community and its properties in order to maintain an environment as favorable to academic excellence as possible.

The East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety is a professional law enforcement agency dedicated to the protection and security of East Tennessee State University and its diverse community.

To fulfill this mission we will:

  • Deliver superior law enforcement services with integrity and pride
  • Respect and safeguard the dignity and rights of all individuals
  • Demonstrate respect toward the people we serve and one another to maintain an environment of trust
  • Develop partnerships with all segments of our community through effective communication and collaboration
  • Carefully select and maintain a well-trained, educated and professional staff
  • Accept individual responsibility and accountability for our actions

The Public Safety Office is located at 1043 Jack Vest Dr (in the Parking Garage on the second level). If you are entering through the main entrance at the Welcome Center you will come to the second level, if you are using the elevator in the parking garage from the second level you will need to come to the third floor. Entrance into the building is available  from 8am-430pm, any other time you must contact the department for assistance at 423-439-4480 or 911. If a cell phone is unavailable please locate the nearest emergency phone.  

The department is open 365 days per year and uses Public Safety Officers to patrol campus by automobile, bicycle, and on foot 24 hours per day. A 24-hour dispatch service is also maintained.

Report criminal actions, police emergencies, fire emergencies, and requests for ambulance service at 439-4480 or 911, or use emergency telephones placed across campus; or come to the Public Safety Office. 

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FALL 2014 


Operation ID

Gold Alert