Crime Prevention, Safety, and Services

The Fresno State Police Department offers the following crime prevention, safety, and services to provide a safer and more comfortable learning environment for the entire campus community. Suggestions and improvements are appreciated and always welcome.

Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV)

CCTV cameras operate on the campus to assist with monitoring the campus for safety and security.  Fresno State Police Department staff monitor the cameras in the police dispatch center in an effort to prevent or detect criminal or suspicious activity.

Emergency Phones

Emergency phones are located in parking lots, classrooms, offices, elevators, and grounds for safety and prevention of criminal activity. Classroom and office phones may be used to dial 911 or 88400 for direct police assistance. Parking lot and grounds emergency phones are blue, clearly marked with blue lights, and linked directly to the police department for quick response. Emergency phones are tested monthly to ensure equipment is in working order.

RAD/Personal Safety/Self-Defense Classes

The Fresno State Police Department is staffed with certified instructors in self-defense and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD is a Basic Physical Defense class for women from the ages of 12 and up. RAD focuses on reducing the probability of women becoming victims by teaching practical and efficient skills necessary to become confident and active participants in their own personal safety. Educational topics include local and national statistics, sexual assault definitions, the meaning of consent, date rape, dating violence, the continuum of survival, bystander intervention, and the risks of personal safety (risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance). Along with the educational component, the students practice effective hands-on physical defense techniques and may participate in physical simulation exercises. The RAD class is open to all female students, faculty, staff, and the general public, and is offered four times per year. Contact the Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400, for information, or email

Safety Escort

Radio-equipped, uniformed, and trained safety escort officers will accompany persons to their destinations on campus 24 hours a day. If a safety escort officer is unavailable, a police officer may provide this service. Call 559.278.8400 or locate an emergency phone to request a safety escort officer.

University Courtyard (Residential Housing)

The University Courtyard has eight (8) Public Safety Assistants who are dedicated to assisting with the safety and security of University Courtyard residents. They have direct radio contact with the Fresno State Police Department and are trained in conjunction with the Residential Housing Staff regarding radio protocols and situational procedures.

Car Battery Assistance

Traffic Operations personnel may assist vehicles disabled by a dead battery. Traffic Operations personnel will respond to the location and attempt to jump-start the vehicle. If the vehicle will not start, officers may call someone to assist the party and stay with them until additional help arrives.

Facility Survey

Crime prevention officers will evaluate any university facility and make recommendations to increase personal safety and strengthen crime prevention. Call the Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400 to arrange for a safety survey.

Fraternity & Sorority Liaison

A liaison officer maintains contact with fraternity and sorority members, the Greek Affairs Office, and the Fresno Police Department. They will train fraternity members on topics such as rape awareness, bystander intervention, drug and alcohol abuse, and other issues. Call Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400 for more information.

Lost & Found

University Warehouse and Property Services is the central repository of all found property. If an item has been lost or misplaced, immediately contact the University Warehouse Property Services, 559.278.2139, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Further information can be found on the University Warehouse & Property Services website:

Property & Evidence

Property related to a crime or non-evidentiary property which is in the custody of the Department for temporary protection on behalf of the owner, may be retrieved by contacting the Fresno State Police Department’s Detective Division, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 559.278.8400.


The Fresno State Police Department has an open door policy to anyone 18 years of age or older that is interested in riding with a patrol officer during their shift. This is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, or others to observe the services provided by the Police Department.  An individual may participate in a ride-along up to two times per calendar year.

Megan's Law

Megan’s law permits law enforcement agencies to advise the public about registered sex offenders from whom they may be at risk.  Megan's Law information is available for viewing at the Fresno State Police Department and can be seen by appointment with a Department Detective pursuant to California State Penal Code sections 290 and 290.4. The California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General’s website, dedicated to Megan’s Law, is also available for searching at

Sex Offenders - California Penal Code Section 290

California Penal Code 290.01.  (a) (1) Commencing October 28, 2002, every person required to register pursuant to Sections 290 to 290.009, inclusive, of the Sex Offender Registration Act who is enrolled as a student of any university, college, community college, or other institution of higher learning, or is, with or without compensation, a full-time or part-time employee of that university, college, community college, or other institution of higher learning, or is carrying on a vocation at the university, college, community college, or other institution of higher learning, for more than 14 days, or for an aggregate period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year, shall, in addition to the registration required by the Sex Offender Registration Act, register with the campus police department within five working days of commencing enrollment or employment at that university, college, community college, or other institution of higher learning, on a form as may be required by the Department of Justice. The terms "employed or carries on a vocation" include employment whether or not financially compensated, volunteered, or performed for government or educational benefit. The registrant shall also notify the campus police department within five working days of ceasing to be enrolled or employed, or ceasing to carry on a vocation, at the university, college, community college, or other institution of higher learning.

Informational Presentations and Publications

Fresno State Police personnel are pleased to present information on crime prevention and safety, and participate in several campus events including new student and employee orientation programs. Fresno State Police Department personnel interact with the campus community by answering questions at informational tables and providing crime prevention and safety brochures. Brochure topics include, but not are not limited to, campus safety, self-protection for women, sexual harassment on campus, personal safety, campus theft, and emergency preparedness. All brochures are available from the Police Department at no cost.

Fresno State police personnel are also active within the local community providing Community Oriented Police/Problem Solving techniques and participating in events such as National Night Out.

The following presentations are available upon request:

  • Seconds 2 Survive - A two hour training designed to prepare students and educators for an incident involving an active shooter.
  • Dog Days - New or transfer student orientation covers campus safety, campus maps, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, parking information, and other services offered by Fresno State Police Department. Dog Days presentations are presented during the summer and winter for incoming freshman and transfer students.
  • Alcohol Awareness - Provides information regarding alcohol absorption, costs of a DUI, and includes theuse of Fatal Vision Goggles to simulate being under the influence of alcohol.

Campus Safety Presentations

  • Housing - Safety presentation covers campus maps, safety escorts, e-phones, crime prevention tips, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class information, crime statistics, cameras, public safety assistants in student housing, and reporting crimes.
  • Greeks - The Greek Liaison Officer covers campus maps, safety escorts, e-phones, crime prevention tips, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class information, crime statistics, alcohol awareness, and reporting crimes.
  • Athletics - Safety presentation covers campus maps, safety escorts, e-phones, crime prevention tips, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class information, crime statistics, and reporting crimes. Also discussed is how to represent Fresno State, the Zero Tolerance Policy, and the common calls for service involving athletes.

Facility Security

Access to Buildings/Facilities

Access to campus buildings after-hours is limited to authorized faculty and staff with valid Fresno State identification. Students who wish to work in a building after hours must obtain written authorization from the college dean and have valid student identification. The written authorization must be on file with Fresno State Police Department dispatch prior to allowing access. Fresno State Police personnel are prepared to assist those needing access to a building. Anyone requesting after-hours access should contact Fresno State PD at 559.278.8400.

Generally, buildings are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and closed on the weekends unless classes or other authorized functions are being held. Keys are provided through Key Control located in the Plant Operations Building (2351 E Barstow Ave), 559.278.2172. Access to buildings controlled by keyless entry via the University Key Card Office is also administered through Key Control. Persons in unauthorized possession of University keys are in violation of the California Penal Code.

Building Security Checks

Fresno State Police Officers, Community Service Specialists, and Public Safety Assistants conduct building security checks 24 hours a day. Campus Buildings are secured starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Buildings stay secured on Saturdays and Sundays unless classes or other authorized functions are scheduled.

Maintenance of Building/Facilities

The campus facilities are maintained by the Plant Operations department and patrolled by the Fresno State Police Department. Plant Operations maintains the campus buildings, grounds and roadways with a concern for safety and security. They inspect campus facilities regularly, respond to reports of potential safety and security hazards, and perform necessary repairs accordingly. Community Service Specialists test the emergency phones on a monthly basis, recommend the trimming of shrubbery for safety reasons, conduct periodic lighting surveys, and report non-functioning lights or other security hazards to Plant Operations. Call Plant Operations at 559.278.2373 during business hours or the FSPD at 559.278.8400 after hours to report any safety or security hazard in or around campus buildings, grounds, or roadways.

University Courtyard is maintained by the University Courtyard staff. Service requests are picked up by the housing and maintenance staff at least twice daily. Repairs are usually completed within 48 hours of the request being submitted, and maintenance concerns are addressed Mon.-Fri. between 8am and 4pm (Exception: During the first two weeks of each semester, repairs may require additional processing time due to the typical volume of requests experienced during that time). Emergency repairs approved by the Facility Coordinator are completed after hours or on weekends. Repairs are prioritized based on health and safety concerns, order of receipt and extensiveness of repair. Repairs made as a result of damage caused by the resident are billed to the resident.