Public Safety Services

The Department of Public Safety offers many services designed to prevent and deter crime, and encourage a safe and secure campus environment.

Many of our services, such as campus patrols and monitoring of video cameras, happen on an ongoing and routine basis. Some services, such as safety escorts and others can be requested by contacting Public Safety.

Contact Public Safety

Non-emergency: 651-962-5100
Emergency: 651-962-5555
Report a Crime (non-emergency)

Types of Public Safety Services and Assistance

Campus Safety Escort

Anyone on campus can request a Public Safety officer to escort them to their class, cars, or anywhere within 6 blocks of the St. Paul campus or 2 blocks of the Minneapolis campus. Contact Public Safety to request a safety escort.

Office Lockouts

If you get locked out of your campus office, the Public Safety team can help. You will need your St. Thomas ID to gain access.

Community Updates and Reports

Public Safety provides ongoing reports of campus incidents and oversees the Emergency Notification system.

Battery Jump Starts

Anyone parked on the St. Paul or Minneapolis campus who does not have three or more outstanding parking citations can get a free battery jump-start. You must complete a waiver releasing the university from liability. Get more details on Vehicle Assistance.

Vehicle Lock Outs

If you lock your keys in your vehicle on campus or nearby (within a six-block radius of the St. Paul campus or within one block of the Minneapolis campus), you may contact Public Safety, and an attempt will be made to open your vehicle after you sign a liability waiver. Get more details on Vehicle Assistance.

Campus Patrols

Day and night, our Public Safety officers make frequent patrols throughout campus, including parking lots and ramps. Periodic checks are made of all St. Thomas buildings, including residence halls, offices, and common spaces.

Video Camera Monitoring

In addition to walking patrols, the Public Safety team monitors 700+ video cameras on the St. Thomas campuses, 24 hours a day.

Research and Development

The Public Safety Department continually reviews best practices and current research in the development of the department and its employees. In addition, the department tracks federal and state legislation and other policies that relate to public safety.

Lost and Found

Any items found around campus that appear to be lost will be taken to the Lost and Found located within Public Safety on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

Special Event Services

Each year, university departments and external groups sponsor a wide variety of events on campus. The safety and security of those who host and attend these events is of utmost importance. The Public Safety works with clients in assessing the safety needs related to their event. This includes parking, city permits, additional public safety staffing including public safety officers, police officers and fire/paramedics. The department will also assist in developing emergency plans for events.