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:
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.
East Tennessee State University Public Safety Officers are Commissioned Police Officers pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, 49-7-118, and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy No. 5:01:07:00. Commissioned Public Safety Officers have ALL of the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws, as well as rules and regulations of the TBR. They are also Tennessee certified firefighters and are first responders to any on-campus fire emergency. Public Safety Officers may exercise their authority on all property or facilities owned, leased or operated by the TBR and the university, including any public roads or rights of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or properties.
The Johnson City Police Department furnishes the Department of Public Safety information concerning all offenses which occur off-campus at fraternity and sorority houses. The Department of Public Safety coordinates with the Johnson City Fire Department concerning all campus fires.