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Public Safety

Working closely with both the Providence Police and Brown University Police departments, the Department of Public Safety shares in the responsibility for maintaining a safe community and a quality of life that supports the educational mission of the college. Patrolling the campus on foot, bicycle and in distinctively marked cruisers, we operate around the clock to provide service to the RISD community. The department is responsible for campus safety, security, parking, shuttle and escort.

Public Safety Officers
Our officers are diverse, well educated, and a number have substantial prior law enforcement and military experience. All officers receive annual re-certification in first aid and CPR to provide emergency medical care until an ambulance arrives, and many officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Several of our Public Safety Officers are also certified as instructors in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, Defensive Tactics, Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and CPR, First Aid, and AED. Many have also received training in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Domestic Terrorism.

Reporting a Crime
Should a member of the RISD community observe or suspect criminal or suspicious activity we ask that this information be promptly reported to the RISD Department of Public Safety, located at 30 Waterman Street. The Public Safety Quad Station at 30 Waterman Street serves as the dispatch center for the Department of Public Safety. Public Safety’s phone number for routine calls is 401 454-6376, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our officers can accept reports in person or by telephone. Public Safety’s emergency number is 401 454-6666, or ext. 6666 from any campus telephone. Although Public Safety officers do not have the power of arrest, they may investigate incidents and detain individuals until the arrival of police.

South Hall, 30 Waterman Street
Phone: 401 454-6376
Fax: 401 454-6388
EMERGENCY (24-hr): 401 454-6666

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RISD has a long history of offering Saturday and after-school classes for children and teens, as this photo from c. 1910 confirms.