Police Officer vs. Security Officer...What's the difference?

Duke police officers are University employees, commissioned by the state of North Carolina. They have authority to carry weapons, issue citations and make arrests just like municipal officers.

Security officers are not armed and do not have authority to issue citations or make arrests. Duke has its own security squad and hires private security to supplement staff.


Lost and Found

Cell phones, keys and wallets are among the common items that get dropped off at lost and found collections across Duke, including at the Duke University Police Department.

Check the DUPD lost and found


Fingerprinting services are provided by Duke police for students, staff and faculty who require security clearance for certain campus areas or background checks to obtain medical and law board licenses.

Learn more about DUPD's fingerprinting services

Health System Security

The Duke police department helps maintain a safe and secure environment throughout Duke Hospital. Police and security officers at Duke University Hospital provide around-the-clock security and respond to calls for assistance.

Health System Security


As part of its comprehensive law enforcement approach, Duke has established an effective investigations team to solve and track crimes and prevent repeat offenses.

Meet the Investigations Unit

Duke Van Services

Duke faculty, staff and students may request van rides during certain hours and within a specific boundary through Duke's Parking and Transportation Services.

Request a ride

Crime Prevention Workshops

Community Service Officers will provide safety presentations for specific Duke student groups, employees and departments.  Presentations will be tailored for both university and health care personnel.  

Schedule a DUPD Safety Presentation

Personal Property Engraving

To help students, staff and faculty protect personal property such as laptops, iPhones and bicycles, the crime prevention unit offers free engraving services.

Schedule an engraving session

Event Security

The DUPD provides police and security services for special events such as concerts, dignitary visits, commencement, holiday celebrations, student and department social events, athletics and weddings.

Request event security

LiveSafe Safety App

Duke LiveSafe is a mobile app available for free that offers real-time, two-way communication between Duke community members and the Duke University Police Department.

Download the LiveSafe app