Department of Public Safety

We're here for your safety. Let's work together to keep our campus safe.

Department of Public Safety
2244 10th Street, NW, Suite 270
Washington, D.C. 20059

General: (202) 806-1100

Emergencies: (202) 806-7777

Campus-Wide Notices

University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. The University continues to formulate and adjust its plans as needed.

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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Partnerships Highlight Successful Academic Year for Department of Public Safety

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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.

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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