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Department Overview

Paul Ominsky - Assistant Vice President for Public Safety.
Welcome to the Department of Public Safety Website

A Message from the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety

Thank you for visiting our website.  Our site only offers a small snapshot of our department, staff, service, information, and links to other University departments. We care about the safety and security of our campus community because we want everyone to feel secure while you are on our campus.

One of the primary goals of DPS is to develop and maintain strong, lasting partnerships with our community. We call this “community caretaking.” Our community caretaking initiative is a philosophy based on service and problem-solving. For example, officers are connected with various student organizations, residential colleges, athletic teams, eating clubs, and administrative offices. Officers lead crime prevention programs, provide general University information and act as resources. As a department, we continuously strive to provide an exceptional level of service, and I encourage you to provide us feedback to share your experiences with our department.


Princeton is a special place for us all, and I hope you enjoy your stay on our campus.  Don’t forget, public safety is here to help, so please call us at 609-258-1000 if you need us!


- Kenneth Strother Jr.

Our Department is About Cultivating Relationships

Our main goal, besides keeping our community safe, is to foster trust, understanding, and respect of individual rights and responsibilities. We do more than serve and protect; DPS members have an opportunity to partake in our community members life-learning process — to teach by example and help people grow.

Safety at Princeton is a Partnership

While Public Safety is responsible for safety and security on campus, we can’t do it alone. Safety at Princeton is a partnership between our officers and our community. Our professional campus patrol officers, security officers, dispatchers and fire officials provide 24/7 year round safety services and emergency response to the campus. Every member of the DPS staff has received training in community relations, basic crime prevention and may work closely with students as liaisons to many athletic teams, eating clubs, organizations, etc.

We Strive for Excellence

Our Mission

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.

The Core Values that Guide Us:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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