Welcome to the Duke University Police Department, which serves a workforce of more than 41,000, a student body of nearly 16,000, and thousands of patients and visitors each year. We believe in safety and service and want a safe environment across our world-class research institution and healthcare enterprise. This involves a robust partnership with all members of the Duke community.
We work to prevent violence, reduce fear, and build relationships on the academic campus and Duke University Hospital. This includes response, investigations, crime prevention education and programming, emergency communications, and security technology. We oversee security at all Duke Health System hospitals.
We are a team of 182 employees with 47 percent being people of color, and about 30 percent women. We are committed each day to the unbiased, equitable treatment of all persons and have designated members of our department with specific responsibility for focusing on marginalized communities.
We look forward to serving you.
Mission & Values
It is the mission of the Duke University Police Department to protect and serve the people and property of Duke. We are guardians of a community of world class education, research and healthcare and must prevent violence, reduce fear, and build relationships. In carrying out this stated mission, all members of the department strive to embrace a set of core values.
Training & Certification
The Duke University Police Department, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), has a policy to deliver unbiased police services. The department follows a use of force policy that says de-escalation is preferred during resistance, and officers wear body cameras.
The Duke University Police Department is committed to unbiased, equitable treatment of all persons in enforcing the law and providing police, security and community services. Although every member of the department has a role in building and maintaining positive relationships, the Police Department has designated members of the department with specific responsibility for focusing on marginalized communities.