Mission Statement

The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to enhance the living, learning and working experience at Princeton University by protecting life, maintaining order and safeguarding property. We fulfill this mission by providing our community with a full range of services that meet the highest professional and accredited standards of campus public safety. We are committed to the philosophy of “Community Caretaking” and working with our students, staff and faculty to build a lasting partnership.

Our core values guide us in this mission:

TRUST We value the opportunity to serve the community and will ensure that our conduct always merits trust and support. We will accept full responsibility for our actions and will take appropriate actions to meet community and professional expectations.

INTEGRITY We firmly adhere to the values and professional ethics outlined in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. We expect every member of our department to uphold the highest ethical standards at all times.

GRATITUDE We are proud of our profession, our colleagues, our department and Princeton University. We recognize that individual and team contributions are essential to a high-performing department. We acknowledge the sacrifices our members make to ensure the safety and security of the community. We do all possible to ensure all our members feel appreciated and duly rewarded for their contributions.

EXCELLENCE We continually develop our knowledge, skills and abilities to the highest levels possible to enable us to provide the finest public safety services to the Princeton University community. By sharing insight and guidance, and creating learning opportunities, we acknowledge that each member of our department makes a valuable contribution to our purpose and vision. Our approach is based on a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

RESPECT We treat all members of the community and each other with courtesy, fairness and dignity.

SERVICE We are committed to enhancing public safety and increasing the community’s sense of security. We work in partnership with the community to identify and solve problems that affect the quality of life on campus. We demonstrate our commitment to serve by placing the needs of others ahead of our own.