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The San Diego State University Police Department currently has an allocated force of 24 sworn police officers and 24 professional staff. Our police officers have graduated from a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy and are empowered by section 830.2 (c) of the California Penal Code. Officers possess the same authority and adhere to the same state-mandated standards, as municipal police officers.

Whether on foot, behind the wheel of a patrol car, or on bike, officers are here to protect and serve the campus community 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Officers take pride in delivering superior law enforcement services to the College Area Community.

San Diego State University currently has over 35,000 registered students, and over 7,000 faculty and staff members. It is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest university in California. Our officers and dispatchers handle over 45,000 calls for service and addressed crime and quality of life issues at the main campus as well as our numerous satellite facilities throughout San Diego County. We pride ourselves on the strength of our working relationships with departments and community members throughout the SDSU family.

The Mission of University Police Department is to:

  • Protect the public through proactive law enforcement and to promote a safe and secure environment.
  • Address issues that impede or disrupt the orderly operation of the academic process.
  • Protect university property by initiating police action – enforcing laws and regulations, arresting offenders and educating the public in crime prevention techniques.
  • Mitigate liability and hazards to the university.