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What is the ASU Police Department?

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The ASU Police Department (ASU PD) is committed to the safety of all ASU students, faculty and staff. ASU PD’s main office can be found at the ASU Tempe campus, but they operate additional substations at the ASU Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West locations. ASU PD is a full-service public law enforcement agency, established by the Arizona Board of Regents and the President of ASU. There are 159 employees within the department, including 87 sworn personnel and Dutch, the police K-9.

The ASU Police Department provides a victim-centered approach to crimes of sexual violence. ASU's officers, dispatchers, victim advocates and detectives have participated in training, through End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), learning the dynamics of sexual assault investigations, effective report writing, victim impact and interviewing techniques. It is the goal of ASU PD to providing personal and professional responses to all victims.

How does the ASU Police Department serve the ASU community?

ASU Police Department serve victims

ASU Police primarily serves victims and survivors by acting as another outlet where one can make a report and by responding to emergency situations. Filing a police report does not obligate you to press charges. You may file a police report to document your experience of sexual violence without pressing charges.

Sometimes victims/survivors do not report incidents immediately due to a variety of reasons. While reporting closest to the incident will provide the highest likelihood that evidence can be collected, you should report if and when you feel most comfortable to do so.

What to expect when connecting with ASU Police

What to expect when connecting with ASU Police

In an emergency situation or to make a report to the police, dial 9-1-1. The local police department will send an officer to take your report. Make sure to say where the incident took place; on or off campus, and in which city. You can also call the city's police department. If the incident occurred on campus, an ASU Police Department officer will be sent to take your report. You have the right to have a support person or advocate with you during the conversation, for example, an ASU Victim Advocate. Not all reported crimes are solvable, the amount of suspect information and evidence available may affect the outcome of a case. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office if there is a prosecutable crime.