Excellence in truth and service through safety and awareness.

Department of Public Safety
2244 10th Street, NW, Suite 270
Washington, D.C. 20059
General: (202) 806-1100
Emergencies: (202) 806-7777 
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988

Guiding Principles


The Department of Public Safety works in partnership with the University community to enhance the safety and quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and visitors through dynamic best practices of safety, preparedness, and prevention methods to protect and serve the University community.



To provide a safe and secure environment so that Howard University can fulfill its commitment to educating its students for leadership and service to our nation and the global community.

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Howard, FEMA partner to promote disaster readiness in African American communities

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Howard Students Featured in National FEMA 'Protect Your Legacy' PSA

Welcome Home!

Washington D.C. is home to more than 706,000 residents and welcomes more than 24 million visitors each year. Howard University is one of 19 colleges and universities in the city, and is located in the District's northwestern quadrant. 

Discovering the city can be a fun and rewarding experience, but like any urban environment, requires consideration for safety and well-being. Average annual rates of crime for Howard University are significantly lower than those in the immediate surrounding area and in the city at large.

We encourage all community members to remember that the closer you are to campus the safer you will be.

Safety Tips

HU Peace of Mind

Howard is expanding its emergency communications system with the Peace of Mind (POM) Initiative. Employees and students will now have access to public safety personnel in critical situations and at the most critical times. 

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Safety 101

HUDPS offers a variety of standard and custom training opportunities for campus community members to feel safe and to promote safety awareness at Howard. Register today to receive updates about upcoming in-person and virtual training opportunities, or to schedule a specific module for your department or unit.

Training for individuals

Training for departments

Programs and Services

Crime Prevention Outreach

Public safety officials offer a number of activities to encourage a culture of crime prevention and safety awareness. 

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Operation Safety Lift

A courtesy transportation service for Howard University students and employees, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Active Threat Training

Virtual and in-person trainings to support preparedness in the event of a crisis situation on campus.

2022 Training Video