Public Safety

Cal Poly Public Safety is committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning and living environment for the entire campus community.

Chief Hughes on one of the Walkie Talky Thursdays

Campus safety comes in many forms, and they all live in Cal Poly Public Safety.

Consisting of three departments, Cal Poly Police Department (CPPD), Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and Business Services, Public Safety collaborates across the university to build a safer, more sustainable and better prepared campus.

Together, these departments provide vital parking and sustainable commuting options, progressive community policing services, and comprehensive emergency management planning.

Transportation and Parking Services

TAPS provides vital transportation and parking services, electric vehicle charging stations, free local and regional bus service, sustainable commuting programs, motorcoach rides home during fall academic breaks, Mustang Shuttle and much more.

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Cal Poly Police Department

CPPD protects and serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area by providing professional law enforcement services and actively promoting community involvement through progressive policing objectives and a commitment to education.

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Department of Emergency Management

DEM develops, maintains and sustains a campus-wide, comprehensive, all-hazard, risk-based emergency management program to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards that may impact Cal Poly.

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Business Services

Business Services has a broad impact on all Public Safety units’ functions, including reporting, compliance, Human Resources and accounting as well as day-to-day operations, strategic planning and customer services.

Public Safety Departments

Public Safety consists of three distinct departments, which work collaboratively to enhance the campus safety and readiness.

Recent News

Your walking home safety buddy - Rave Guardian

Campus Safety Made Easy: Cal Poly provides the Rave Guardian App for All

At Cal Poly, the safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff is at the center of everything the university strives for.

This new tool will allow users to easily send anonymous tips to the Cal Poly Police Department (CPPD), set a safety timer when walking from place to place on campus, text Mustang Patrol, connect to 24-hour police or support services, and offers easy communication with CPPD.

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