Rutgers takes public safety very seriously and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone on all of its campuses. The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide the university community on all campuses with a full range of police and security services.
Each regional campus maintains a fully staffed police headquarters, and emergency contact information varies by location. All follow policies and procedures, administrative practices, and emergency operational plans established for the entire university.
Emergency Preparedness and Notification
Rutgers works with neighboring police departments, local governments, the State of New Jersey, and the National Guard in mutual-aid partnerships and regularly conducts exercises designed to better prepare the university for any kind of emergency or disaster. Based on lessons learned from these drills and from experiences at other universities nationwide, Rutgers continuously reviews and updates its emergency operational plans.
The university’s emergency notification system uses many different and overlapping mechanisms to provide time-critical information to the Rutgers community, as no single mechanism is sufficient to provide blanket notification. Methods include email, website announcements, TV, radio, and text messaging to cell phones, as well as low-tech mass communications such as electronic signs, bullhorns, and police car speaker systems. As with all emergency planning, our notification systems are regularly tested and upgraded.
Public Safety Statistics
The annual security and fire safety report, Safety Matters details public safety statistics, services, and programs at Rutgers University. To have a printed copy of Safety Matters mailed to you free of charge, please contact the appropriate police department office:
New Brunswick Campus: 732-932-8407
Health Sciences at Newark: 973-972-4491
Newark Campus Safety Matters: 973-353-5547
Camden Campus: 856-225-6009