Public Safety

Chatham University is dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcoming campus for all members of our community. Our Public Safety Department operates 24 hours a day and is staffed by over 10 full-time police officers who are also supplemented by full-time security personnel.
To contact the Chatham University Public Safety Department, please call 412-365-1230, or email
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Officer Certification & Training

Police officers in the Public Safety Department are certified under Pennsylvania Legislative Act 120: Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act. The officers have arrest powers as granted by Pennsylvania Legislative Act 501: The Private Police Act. The officers are armed, are trained in the use of firearms, and qualify annually. All officers attend mandatory in-service training sessions, which address a range of topics relating to police operations and legal updates. Many officers have received training and certifications that allow The Public Safety Department to provide instructional trainings to the Chatham community to increase personal safety.

Local & State Law Enforcement

The Public Safety Department fully cooperates with outside law enforcement agencies in cases that involve both on- and off-campus jurisdictions or when the resources of another agency can better facilitate the resolution of an investigation. Crimes occurring on campus are reported to the City of Pittsburgh Police Department when appropriate and when required by law. The Pittsburgh Police patrol and respond to Chatham’s Shadyside and Eastside campuses and can be contacted directly through the regular emergency numbers, or the Public Safety Department can communicate by direct radio link. In addition, the Pittsburgh Police Department assists with criminal investigations and crime prevention awareness programs offered to all community members.