Department of Public Safety

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Welcome to the University of Rhode Island Department of Public Safety website. Below you will find information about the different units which make up the department and their function. Please view our Emergency Preparedness video at the bottom of this page for important information on preparing and responding to emergency situations. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on our latest news and events.

The URI Department of Public Safety consists of the following units:

  • University Police – Fully Sworn State Certified Police Officers and Uniformed Non-Sworn Officers.
  • Transportation & Parking – Permit Sales, Planning, Shuttle Services, Rhody SafeRides and Parking Enforcement.
  • Fire & Life Safety – Ensures compliance of Rhode Island Fire Codes and Rhode Island Life Safety Codes. In addition, this unit provides training, oversees fire-safety related and hazardous operations, performs building fire safety inspections and investigates university facilities to ensure that fire risks are minimized.
  • Alarms Division – Maintains and all fire and burglar alarm systems. Dispatches a 24/7 on call technician when a problem arises with the alarm systems.
  • Emergency Management – Provides planning and services for preparedness, response, recovery, prevention and mitigation and serves as the liaison with other local, state, and federal emergency providers and responders.
  • Communications and Technology – Integrated with Rhode Island’s E-911 system, all emergency calls placed on campus are routed directly to our dispatch center centrally located on campus. Dispatchers monitor a wide array of telecommunications, radio, video, and alarm systems under the direction of the Deputy Chief of Police.
  • Administration – Consists of the Director, Assistant Director, Executive Assistant, Fiscal Management Officer, Assistant Business Management Officer, and Coordinator of Community Outreach and Education.