Department of Public Safety/Campus Police
Contact Public Safety for Emergencies:
- Dial 911 or 423-439-4480
- Use the direct emergency telephones placed across campus
- Stop by the Public Safety Office located in the parking garage at the main entrance of the ETSU campus off W. State of Franklin Rd.
- Report police nonemergencies at 423-439-4480
Mission and Enforcement
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 as possible.
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 partnerships."
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.