Safety Presentations

Upon request, DPS personnel will make presentations to Capitol Campus staff and student groups covering either general or specific security issues/concerns. During each Fall Semester orientation week, the DPS routinely briefs the Gewirz Resident Fellow staff as well as the leaders of the various student organizations.

Investigations Program

Police Detectives are tasked with conducting in-depth investigations of all criminal and suspicious incidents that occur within the Department’s area of jurisdiction. Comprehensive investigative reports, to include victim/witness statements as appropriate, document each incident and are reviewed by the Director. In support of criminal investigations, the DPS has CCTV monitoring capability.

At the end of each calendar year, and in accordance with Public Law 101-152, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Georgetown University (with a separate section setting forth Capitol Campus specific information) publishes an annual security report. The report includes detailed crime statistics for the previous three years as well as policies and procedures concerning security programs and practices at all Georgetown University campuses.

In addition to criminal and suspicious incident reporting, DPS officers document all emergency response calls, damaged property incidents, noted or reported safety issues/concerns and any other significant incidents, which occur on or in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol Campus.

Community Alerts

Whenever a serious crime occurs at or near the Capitol Campus, information concerning the incident is disseminated immediately to all members of the Capitol Campus community. Notification will be in the form of a HOYAlert or a Timely Safety Warning.

Parking Garages

The DPS patrols the parking areas at the Capitol Campus. They are there to provide a secure environment and to write incident reports of damaged vehicles. Officers routinely patrol these areas to assist motorist.

Special Event Coordination/Support Service

In addition to staffing three regularly scheduled work shifts, the DPS assists with the planning, coordinating and staffing of major special events at the Capitol Campus. They are also involved in providing a secure environment for the Law Campus commencement and  VIP/distinguished visitors.

DPS Escorts

Public Safety offers 24-hour escort service for all Capitol Campus personnel to offices that are closed after normal business hours and/or to students that are engaged in late night meetings or study sessions. Officers will provide an escort upon request to Capitol Campus locations only.

Student Guard Program

The DPS employs part-time Student Guards during the Fall and Spring semesters. These Student Guards augment DPS shift staffing levels at the fixed posts in the entry foyers of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and the Gewirz Student Center.

Laptop Computer Registration

DPS provides a laptop registration program designed to deter computer thefts and facilitate recovery should a computer be lost or stolen. This program “S.T.O.P” (Security Tracking of Office Property), is to assist DPS in locating your laptop incase of a theft or the loss of your device. Computers are permanently marked with a patented security plate bearing a unique bar code ID number, which is entered into a national asset tracking software program. Underneath the plate, an indelible tattoo is etched into the computer case, which if removed, displays a stolen property message.

Bicycle Registration

Bicycles are registered throughout the academic year. A locked bicycle cage, available to students, is located on the P-1 level of the Gewirz Student Center. The McDonough hall alsohas a bicycle area available for the use to both Gewirz resident Students and Law Campus non- resident students.

Lost and Found

The DPS administers an extensive Lost and Found Program. Individuals can claim lost items during the hours of 9:00 am – 9:00 pm by inquiring with the DPS Officer located at the McDonough Hall, 2nd Street entrance. The Lost Property Form can be found and completed under the Public Safety main webpage. If found property can be identified as belonging to a member of the community, a found property notice is sent to their e-mail address. Items that remain unclaimed after 30 days are discarded or donated to local charities.

Training Program

All Capitol Campus DPS officers maintain current CPR, Basis First Aid, and Defibrillator certifications.

New employees who are hired without equivalent training (i.e. certified graduates of federal or state police academies, MOS designated military police officers or graduates of other recognized campus police academies) are required to successfully complete an eight (8) week Consortium of Universities Campus Law Enforcement Training Academy within their twelve (12) month probationary period.