As the Chief of the Duke University Police Department, I want to welcome you to Duke and let you know that your safety is our highest priority.   

I also want to share the following important information with you:   

  • Property theft is the most common crime on campus and is preventable. Please don’t leave smartphones, tablets and other electronics unattended. Consider using a tracking app or software on your devices.
  • Learn about crimes reported near off-campus locations at This is site may be helpful as you consider housing options in the community.
  • Report concerning behavior, threats, unwanted contact, stalking, etc. There are many resources on campus that can help, including Duke Reach and Duke Police.
  • If you drink alcohol, please drink responsibly and use a designated driver or transportation service. 

Resources for You:

  • Duke maintains its own police department and supplemental security staff. They are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. Officers are well trained and resourced and have the same authority as law enforcement officers across the United States.

Duke Police can be reached at 919-684-2444 or by dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone.

  • Please download the free LiveSafe app. LiveSafe allows you to send real-time tips through the touch of a button to Duke University Police, which monitors messages 24/7. With the popular “SafeWalk” feature, you can invite friends to “virtually escort” you to a destination on a real-time map.
  • Duke has several ways to notify you in a campus emergency such as text messaging, email, and outdoor sirens.
  • Numerous transportation resources are available on and near campus. See to learn more information about Duke Transit and Duke Vans.

If you have questions or concerns about safety, visit or call us at 919-684-2444.

We are excited and honored you selected Duke University to continue your education. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance!   


Chief John H. Dailey       

Duke University Police Department