Dispatch Center

The Cal Poly Police Department Dispatch Center is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the Cal Poly campus. The dispatcher answers the phone, the radio, the text, or the email in assessing emergencies and non-emergency matters from the citizens of the campus: students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Text 911 Capability to Reach Cal Poly Police

Effective May 8, 2018 Cal Poly Police 911 center can accept text to 911 calls from the Cal Poly community. Here is how it works: Text to 911 is a free program for sending a text message addressed to “911” instead of placing a phone call. To use it, you address the message to 911 and enter the emergency in the body of the text, making sure that you also add your exact location, or else our dispatch center won’t be able to dispatch help your way. Since it is all text based, you will hear a response for more follow-up questions, or when help is on the way. Text-to-911 is useful for any situation in which it is dangerous or impossible to speak. It also allows for improved technology for our deaf population on campus.

Should you have any questions about this new feature to reach Cal Poly Police in an emergency, please contact police dispatch at (805) 756-2281