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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The University Police Department endeavors to promote a safe environment in a manner that is fair, transparent, and respectful. We recognize the value in collaborating with our diverse community to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, study, or visit San Diego State University.  


Employing effective policing strategies and cultivating community partnerships while honoring the past, present, and future needs of our diverse community.

Our steps in creating a community-centered culture

  • Working with Associated Students' Campus Community Commission as well as the Campus Safety Committee to address student concerns and gain critical input from student voices;
  • Teaming up with campus researchers offering implicit bias and micro-aggression training specifically for University Police law enforcement professionals;
  • Re-examining hiring practices to attract and retain diverse police applicants; 
  • Hosting and participating in various engagement activities to increase positive interactions between law enforcement and community members; 
  • Collaborating with campus administrators, faculty, including the Chief Diversity Officer to reform the campus-wide suspect description policy for community safety notifications;
  • Utilizing practices and methods established by a graduate student intern from the School of Social Work, vetted and supported by our faculty, to help University Police officers address social issues. 
  • Partnering with the San Diego County's Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) to train UPD in how to respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises; 
  • Relying on the expertise of Community Resource Officer and Residential Housing Officer in promoting educational campaigns while serving as liaisons between community members and UPD; 
  • And creating a full-time civilian position for Community & Media Relations / Special Advisor to the Chief, which helps establish and execute UPD's outreach and engagement goals.