Safety and Security

Campus Safety

The Office of Campus Safety was established in October 2010 when the various departments were brought together under one operation in order to help leverage their shared vision of promoting safety on campus. The office strives to cultivate a culture of safety on campus by maintaining a comprehensive safety and security program that includes:

  • Coordinating routine safety operations
  • Planning and preparing the University’s efforts to strengthen its response to an emergency or disaster
  • Sustaining strong collaboration with community partners

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Notre Dame Police Department

The University of Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD), located in Hammes Mowbray Hall just east of the Power Plant, is fully authorized as a police agency by the State of Indiana. The department employs both sworn police officers and non-sworn campus safety officers who patrol campus and respond to emergencies. Additional staff members work as security monitors or in other support positions in the department. Notre Dame police officers complete state mandated training requirements established for law enforcement officers and have the same legal authority as any other police officer in Indiana. NDPD staff frequently work with city, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities. Agencies cooperate whenever possible on investigations and crime prevention programs to provide the best possible police services to our campus and local communities. NDPD staff offer an array of other services for the community. When you don’t know who to call, feel free to contact us for assistance.

Each year the University publishes an annual report outlining security and safety information and crime statistics for campus. This brochure provides suggestions regarding crime prevention strategies and important policy information about emergency procedures, reporting of crimes, law enforcement services on campus, and information about support services for victims of sexual assault. The brochure also contains information about the University’s policy on alcohol and other drugs, the SafeBouND program (formerly known as SafeWalk or O'Snap) and campus shuttle service. A printed copy of this brochure is available by email to Administrative Assistant Leanne Knapp (, or by writing to:

Office of the Chief of Police
Notre Dame Police Department
204 Hammes Mowbray Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services

Serving three colleges and 15,000 citizens – and a population that swells to over 100,000 during a football game – the members of the University of Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) devote a significant portion of their lives by working 24 hours shifts to safeguard the Notre Dame Community.  As a full service life-safety agency, NDFD is a vital component of the University’s mission to provide a safe environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. Serving since 1879, NDFD has evolved from volunteers responding when the alarm sounded to a professional department that seeks to prevent fires through public education, fire code inspections and fire protection system maintenance as well as being trained and equipped in order to be able to respond to the 1500 calls for service we receive annually

Risk Management and Safety

The programs and services of Risk Management and Safety combine the technical disciplines of environmental health and safety with risk control and risk transfer. The University is a significant enterprise of teaching, research, and public service which include many areas and varieties of inherent hazard and loss exposure. We manage and coordinate the University’s effort to address these risks through the programs listed and described below:

  • Risk Management and Insurance Programs – including researching insurance markets and coverages and purchasing property, casualty, and most other insurance coverages (except for health, life and disability which is purchased by Human Resources).
  • Health and Safety Programs – including annual inspections of teaching and research laboratories, machine shops, athletic fields, fitness centers and weight rooms, playgrounds, and food sales operations; plan-review and safety consulting on new construction and renovations, and safety training.
  • Environmental Compliance Programs – including complete hazardous waste services to all generators on campus and consulting services to other departments on campus subject to environmental regulations.

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