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Message from the Chief of Police Chief of Police Bernie Gerst

The Towson University Police Department is committed to providing effective policing and quality public safety services to the university and its surrounding area. Our staff works diligently to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and community members to live, work and learn.

I am proud to announce that 2007 saw the second-lowest number of part I crimes at the university in more than a decade, with less than one violent crime per thousand students. The number of serious crimes on campus in 2007 was less than half of those in 1997 despite increases in enrollment, residential housing and special events on campus.

The TUPD continuously strives to improve campus safety, whether the threat is small or large. Our Operation KeepSafe program recently won the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention in providing effective safety tips for students. Our campus emergency plan, part of the university's all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness, received a stamp of approval by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

I encourage you to join our fight against crime as well as our mission of sustained emergency preparedness by reviewing and using the contents of this website.  The links on the left are designed to keep you aware of potential dangers, reduce your risk of becoming a crime victim, and guide you in emergency situations. Together, we can make this campus as safe as possible.


Bernie Gerst

Towson University Chief of Police


Towson University Police Department
General Services, Room 100 (map)
24 hours a day, seven days a week

Emergency: 410-704-4444
Non-emergency: 410-704-2134

Business Office: 410-704-2505
Fax: 410-704-2976
E-mail: police@towson.edu

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