University Police

Our fully-sworn police officers work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep TU safe.

External Voice Emergency system

On Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m., Towson University will be conducting a test of its External Voice Emergency System. Please be advised, audible warning tones, recorded voice messages and a live voice message indicating that a test is being conducted may be heard in the communities/areas adjacent to the university. No action is necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact the TU Office of Public Safety’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety at (410) 704-2949.

The Towson University Police Department is comprised of more than 40 fully sworn and dedicated officers under the leadership of Police Chief Charles “Joe” Herring. Our officers draw from proven community policing strategies to provide the full range of patrol, investigative and crime prevention services.

Report a Crime

Contact the TUPD immediately if you see, experience or even suspect a crime on campus. We are available 24/7 at 410-704-4444 (for emergencies) and 410-704-2133 (for non-emergencies). You can also email  or contact us through any of the campus’s emergency blue light phones.  


Crime Prevention

Our goal is to prevent crime. We encourage you to watch the active shooter training video and campus safety videos to learn helpful tips on preventing and responding to crimes. All students, faculty and staff should register for emergency text alerts to stay informed about emergency situations on campus. Consider downloading the SaferMobility app to use as a safety net in potentially threatening situations.

Emergency Communications

Safety starts with awareness. We employ a range of emergency communications tools to inform and update students, faculty and staff on situations impacting campus safety. Depending on the severity and proximity of the incident, we will share information via: 

  • emails to university-issued accounts
  • emergency text alerts — sign up now
  • external sirens and voice announcements
  • Office of Public Safety Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • internal building announcements

About Us

We have the unique distinction of being accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA). Less than one percent of law enforcement agencies have both accreditations, which validate compliance with state-of-the-art industry standards. Learn more about us.

Meet Our People
Charles "Joe" Herring

Chief Charles Herring

Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police

“I believe safety is foundational to a world-class education. Every member of our campus community has a stake in maintaining our safe and vibrant campus. You can play your part by trusting your instincts, observing your surroundings, and reporting suspicious behavior.”

 

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