Chief Riley's Greeting

Dear Friends,

The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) is committed to providing the Harvard community with a safe and secure environment. Although reported crime (predominantly property crime) at Harvard is low, it is important for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to remember that we are located in an urban setting. Therefore, we share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. In partnership with the community, we work to prevent crime and solve problems that affect students, faculty, and staff. The safety and security of the University is the combined responsibility of the entire community.

To maintain an effective working relationship with the community and to respond to its needs, the HUPD is organized into four geographically-based teams.

Officers conduct visible patrols, respond to reports of crimes, address problems, and provide information and resources to the community.

This information – which includes many practices, procedures, and safety tips for keeping safe at Harvard - is delivered in several ways. It is published annually in “Playing it Safe,” appears on this website, and is discussed in safety talks that are conducted by police officers at student orientations, new employee orientations, and other gatherings. Community members interested in arranging a safety talk should contact the Team Leader for their area.

I encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be aware of the HUPD substation locations and to check their hours of operation. Our officers, committed to initiating and maintaining close ties with the community, view the substations as a tool to facilitate the interaction needed to ensure our success in providing a safe and secure campus. Feel free to stop by any of our substations or our headquarters at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, sixth floor, to ask any questions about security issues that are important to you. Also, by taking the time to familiarize yourself with our resources and by using the information provided on this website, you will be helping us to help you in the pursuit of a safe campus.


Francis D. "Bud" Riley
Chief of Police