The East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety is a professional
law enforcement agency dedicated to the protection of East Tennessee State University
and its diverse community. The Department has a force of twenty-one officers, seven
dispatchers, and two security guards to serve the campus community. East Tennessee
State University Police Officers are Commissioned Police Officers pursuant to TCA
49-7-118, TCA 38-3-103 and the Board of Trustees. Commissioned Public Safety Officers
have all of the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws, as well as rules
and regulations of the Board of Trustees. Campus Police Officers may exercise their
authority on all property or facilities owned, leased, or operated by the Board of
Trustees and the University, including any public roads or rights of way which are
contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or properties.
Mission of the Department
To Provide for the overall safety and security of the University community and its
properties in order to maintain an environment as favorable to academic excellence
Through innovative thinking, team work, and goal setting, we are committed to delivering
unparalleled service to our campus community, all its stakeholders and surrounding
areas. We will always strive to be the safest campus in the country. We will continue
to strengthen community relationships and public trust while striving for excellence
through employee training and development, self-discipline, and strong leadership.
"We will always display integrity, service and fairness through our interactions with
each other and the community we serve by recognizing and maintaining an ethical standard
above reproach through open communication and by encouraging internal and external
Strategy for Fulfilling Our Mission Through Our Core Values
Excellence- Providing exceptional service through strategic planning, high-level performance
daily, and advancing preparedness in our diverse environments. Professionalism- Exemplifying trusted professional service with compassion and respect for all. Integrity- Doing the right thing at all times and committed to being accountable for our actions
or inaction's. Community- People centered approach rooted in serving others before self.
Vehicle Battery Boost
If your vehicle battery is dead, we can assist with hooking up a battery charging
box to your vehicle battery
If your keys have been locked in your car, we can assist in opening your vehicle
Finger printing is available at the department on Tuesday's 9am-11am and on Wednesday's
1pm-3pm. No appointment necessary.
Lost & Found
The department will take items of value that are found. For those individuals turning in property,
you will be asked to answer questions on the items that were found. Items not accepted
are: flammables, perishable items (food), clothing, or trash
Crime and Fire Statistics for 2017, 2018, and 2019 Includes information on the main Johnson City/VA site, as well as branch campuses
located at Kingsport Allandale, Kingsport Downtown, Sevierville, Valleybrook, Nave
Center, Asheville and Abingdon.