Public Safety

UC Public Safety at a Glance

UC’s Department of Public Safety provides all public safety and emergency response resources for the university including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont. Primary sections within the department are:

  • Police: patrol, investigations, 911 dispatch, crime prevention, security and NightRide 
  • Fire Safety: inspect campus buildings to ensure facilities meet fire and safety codes; maintenance and testing of facility smoke detectors 
  • Security Systems: keys, locks, ID Badges, intrusion alarms, fingerprinting and background checks 
  • 911 Dispatch: Answer non-emergency lines for Public Safety and provide radio for police, security, fire, parking and ambulance services.


  • 72 police officers and 26 security guards 
  • UC Police is a fully empowered law enforcement agency that operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year 
  • All UC Police officers are certified by the state of Ohio and have full police authority 
  • Police patrol area – generally one mile radius around UC’s Uptown campuses 
  • Police patrols include: cruiser (car), motorcycle, bicycle, Segway and walking beats

Fire Safety/Security Systems

  • Responsible for the physical security of the University 
  • Produce and issue keys and photo ID’s, provide background checks and fingerprinting services 
  • Manage 50,000+ locks and university’s ID card system 
  • Monitor and maintain indoor and outdoor security camera systems 
  • Test, maintain, repair all fire protection systems including more than 15,000 fire alarm devices 
  • Inspect all campus facilities and buildings to ensure compliance with fire and life safety codes

911 Dispatch

  • 12 dispatchers, Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year 
  • UC is one of the few universities in the country that has its own 911 system. 
  • Dispatchers are certified by Association of Public Safety Communications Officials 
  • Provide radio dispatch for police, security, fire, parking and ambulance services. 
  • Answer non-emergency lines for Public Safety, blue help phones, elevator phones. 
  • Monitor all fire, access control, intrusion, and hold-up alarms.