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Reporting an Emergency

Call for Emergency Help when there is a threat to life, safety, health, or property.  The Department of Public Safety and/or other emergency responders will respond immediately to your call.

What to Do:

On-campus Public Safety officers will be first on the scene.

  • Department of Public Safety will send officers immediately, and at the same time will coordinate with outside police, fire or medical response as needed.
  • Department of Public Safety officers
    • can respond much faster than local law enforcement to most locations on campus.
    • know campus building names, entry numbers and campus location nicknames.
    • are trained in first aid and carry Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in their cars.

Cell phone calls to 911 do not go to Public Safety.

When you dial 911 from your cell phone at Princeton University, you will not reach the campus Department of Public Safety. Your call will be answered by a local municipal law enforcement agency depending on your location.

When to call for help: 

  • Before taking any action, be sure you are in a safe location.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety to report a crime in progress or criminal behavior.
  • Be prepared to provide the dispatcher with:
    • Your name and contact information
    • Location and type of crime
    • Description of persons involved
  • Don't hang up until the person answering the call ends the conversation.
  • Do not approach or attempt to apprehend the person(s) involved.
    • Only take actions necessary for self-defense.
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