Who We AreThe Department of Public Safety consists of more than 40 dedicated professionals responsible for ensuring the safety of our campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our department has certified police officers, community service officers, dispatchers and administrative staff that work year-round to maintain the safety and security of the OHSU campuses, which allows us to perform a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention outreach.
What We Do
Public Safety receives its police powers under the Oregon Revised Statutes (Section 353.125). Police officers commissioned under this section may enforce criminal laws and any administrative rules and policies adopted by the university, and have all the authority and immunity of a peace officer or police officer of this state. The Department's main office is located in the Physical Plant Building, 3310 SW Veterans Hospital Rd. in Portland, Oregon. We patrol and respond to calls throughout the OHSU campus on Marquam Hill and the South Waterfront. Officers are available to stand by for immediate assistance whenever safety is a concern. To request such a response, call our dispatch center at 503 494-7744.
Our Dispatch CenterThe central "hub" to OHSU police officers and public safety operations is the dispatch center, which is staffed 24-hours a day by specially trained staff. Dispatchers can assist callers in both emergency and non-emergency situations, such as suspicious activity, traffic or parking hazards, animal abuse, as well as emergency medical or police assistance. Sophisticated telecommunications equipment, local area networks, and two-way radio systems provide the framework for communications.
OHSU dispatchers are an integral part of the Department of Public Safety and they work directly with police officers, community service officers, and our agency partners like the Portland Fire Department (PFD), AMR, and Portland Police Bureau in response to emergency situations. When telephone calls are received from the campus community, dispatchers obtain the necessary information from the caller to provide an appropriate response. Generally, callers should expect to be asked several questions and to stay on the line as long as necessary.
All central monitoring services for campus fire alarm systems, access control, security alarms and emergency phones also report directly to the dispatch center. The center's non-emergency phone number is 503 494-7744 or 4-7744 from a campus phone.