911 Communications

The University of Cincinnati is one of the few universities in the country that has its own 911 system.

The 911 Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by APCO (the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) certified dispatchers that are trained to answer 911 emergency and non-emergency calls.

If a cell phone is used to contact our 911 Communications Center, the call will be routed to the nearest cell phone tower (city or county). Tell the dispatcher that you are a UC student, faculty or staff member or on UC’s campus and they will transfer the call to UC Dispatch and UCPD will respond.  

Our 911 Communications Center provides the following services:

  • Answer non-emergency lines for Public Safety, blue help phones, elevator phones, as well as work control after hours. 
  • Radio dispatch for police, security, fire, parking and ambulance services. 
  • Monitor the fire, access control, intrusion, and hold-up alarms across the campuses.


Dudley Smith, Captain