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Department of Public Safety

East Tennessee State University

Public Safety
ETSU Department of Public Service



1043 Jack Vest Dr.

423-439-4480/9-911 emergancy




Mission and Enforcement

The East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety is a professional law enforcement agency dedicated to the protection of East Tennessee State University and its diverse community. The Department has a force of twenty officers and six dispatchers serve the campus community. East Tennessee State University Police Officers are Commissioned Police Officers pursuant to TCA 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. Campus Police 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.

Mission of the Department

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. 

Strategy for Fulfilling Our Mission Through Our Core Values

Excellence- Providing exceptional service through strategic planning, high-level performance daily, and advancing preparedness in our diverse  environments.
Professionalism- Exemplifying trusted professional service with compassion and respect for all
Integrity- Doing the right thing at all times and committed to being accountable for our actions or inactions                                                    Community- People centered approach rooted in serving others before self


Vehicle Battery Boost

If your vehicle battery is dead, we can assist with hooking up a battery charging box to your vehicle battery

Vehicle Unlocking

If your keys have been locked in your car, we can assist in opening your vehicle

Finger Printing

Finger printing is available at the department on Tuesday's 9am-11am and on Wednesday's 1pm-3pm. No appointment necessary.

Lost & Found

The department will take items that are found. For those individuals turning in property, you will be asked to answer questions on the items that were found. Items not accepted are: flammables, perishable items (food), clothing, or trash


Ask a cop icon

ASK-A-COP page is your place to ask questions you would like answered. An ETSU Police Officer will review your questions and by email.

op ID

Operation Identification is a theft prevention program keeps
records of your personal propertys serial number
and a detailed description of the item.

gold alert

Receive ETSU Gold Alert emergency communications and other important information via text message and email.

Buc It Report

Have you witnessed a crime?
You can report it by filling out the Bucs Report It form


 The R.A.D.(Rape Aggression Defense) system is a program of realistic, self- defense tactics and techniques.

Annual Report 2018

Crime and Fire Statistics for
2016, 2017, and 2018
Includes information on the main Johnson City/VA site, as well as branch campuses located at Kingsport Allandale, Kingsport Downtown, Sevierville, Valleybrook, Nave Center, Asheville and Abingdon.

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