Public Safety - Princeton Theological Seminary

Public Safety

On behalf of the Public Safety Department, Welcome to Princeton Theological Seminary.

We want you to know your safety and security is extremely important to us at Princeton Theological Seminary. The Seminary has very little crime but the potential for it exists. The following information is provided to inform you about the steps you can take to help us ensure a safe and secure campus. Our Public Safety Communications Center is located in the lower level of Templeton Hall across from the elevators (LL9). It is staffed 24 hours a day by Student Dispatchers and Public Safety staff. You can access Public Safety at anytime with your PTS ID.

PTS Community members and guests are encouraged to  report all crimes immediately to Public Safety. Emergency calls or reports of serious crimes (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, burglary, motor vehicle or other thefts) should be made directly to the Princeton, West Windsor, or Lawrence Police/Fire Departments by dialing 911 and to Public Safety. Rape and assault victims are also encouraged to seek immediate medical attention.

To contact Public Safety Dispatch call 609.497.7777, or extension 7777 if calling from a campus phone or activate an campus emergency phone.

 In addition there is a short online Minor incident report available for the PTS community to report non-urgent or non-time sensitive issues such a an unsafe condition, missing property, damaged property, abandoned vehicle or other quality of life issues that do not warrant an immediate response. PTS Minor Public Safety Report.

This report should not be used for any in progress, life threatening, or other time sensitive incident. To report such an incident call Public Safety Dispatch at 609 497 7777

Upcoming Announcements and Events:


Vacation House Checks

  • Click here to request periodic checks of your faculty/staff 
    campus house while you are away

Other Campus Links

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About the Public Safety Team

The Public Safety Department consists of the Director of Public Safety, Assistant Director of Public Safety, Patrol Supervisor, ten (10) full time patrol officers, five (5) part time patrol officers and 10 student dispatchers. Many of the officers have prior police and/or public safety experience/training. The Seminary also provides an introductory training program as well as ongoing programs of in-service and on-the-job training for patrol officers in the area of patrol procedures, emergency response, CPR, first aid, Mental Health First Aid, report writing, etc. Seminary Public Safety is responsible for crime prevention and education, emergency response, basic calls for service such as lock-outs and vehicle jump-starts, opening and closing campus buildings for classes, the card access system, campus shuttle, campus transportation, Fire Safety, event security, safety inspections of fire extinguishers, lighting, AEDs, emergency exits etc., as well as parking enforcement and monitoring the safety needs of the Seminary community and when requested escorting students and staff who find it necessary to travel across the campus late in the evening, to name a few.

Our Mission

“Our mission is to foster a safe and secure academic environment at Princeton Theological Seminary, guided by the values of professionalism, integrity, and leadership by example. We are dedicated to serving our community with attentiveness, honesty, and pride in our work.

As stewards of safety, we strive to be a resource for the community, building lifelong relationships based on trust and respect. We approach every situation with professionalism and a strong work ethic, always mindful of the impact on our community.

We are committed to promoting personal safety and deterring crime, aligning with the seminary’s vision of a covenant community. By actively participating in seminary events and initiatives, we seek to be active members of the community we serve.

Above all, we value listening to the needs of our community and providing excellent customer service. We conduct ourselves with integrity, embodying the qualities we expect from those in our role. Through our actions, we aim to inspire confidence, trust, and a sense of security within the Princeton Theological Seminary community.”

Vision statement

“Our vision is to create an exemplary model of public safety within Princeton Theological Seminary, where professionalism, integrity, and leadership by example serve as the cornerstones of our approach. We envision a community that thrives in a safe and secure environment, fostering an atmosphere of trust, inclusivity, and respect.

As active listeners and attentive guardians of safety, we are committed to understanding and addressing the unique needs of our community members. By forging lasting relationships and building a strong sense of belonging, we aspire to be a trusted resource and support system for all.

Driven by a sense of responsibility and pride in our work, we strive to go beyond conventional roles and proactively contribute to the well-being of our seminary community. We aim to be an invaluable source of guidance and assistance, offering relevant resources, training, and support to empower individuals to navigate personal safety and security effectively.

With transparency, honesty, and unwavering dedication, we will continue to adapt and evolve in response to emerging challenges, technological advancements, and best practices in public safety. Through continuous improvement, collaboration, and community engagement, we envision a future where the Department of Public Safety at Princeton Theological Seminary remains a trusted partner, enhancing the overall quality of life and promoting a sense of peace within our cherished community.”

Core Values

Department of Public Safety in Princeton Theological Seminary:

  1. Professionalism: We uphold high standards of professionalism in our work ethics, demonstrating competence, accountability, and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of our roles.
  2. Integrity: We act with integrity, conducting ourselves in an honest, ethical, and trustworthy manner. We maintain the highest moral and ethical standards, ensuring transparency and fairness in our actions.
  3. Leadership by Example: We lead by example, inspiring others through our words and actions. We demonstrate leadership qualities such as responsibility, initiative, and a willingness to go above and beyond to serve and protect our community.
  4. Active Listening: We value active listening, attentively understanding the needs, concerns, and feedback of our community members. By actively engaging with others, we foster effective communication and build relationships based on trust and empathy.
  5. Honesty: We prioritize honesty in all interactions, communicating openly and transparently with our community. We provide accurate and timely information, fostering an environment of trust and credibility.
  6. Building Lifelong Relationships: We value the importance of building lifelong relationships with the members of our community. By establishing trust, respect, and mutual understanding, we create a supportive and collaborative environment that enhances the overall well-being and safety of our community.
  7. Stewards of Safety: We recognize our role as stewards of safety, embracing the responsibility to protect and ensure the well-being of our community. We diligently work to identify and address potential risks and hazards, implementing proactive measures to maintain a safe environment.
  8. Resource to the Community: We strive to be a valuable resource to the community, offering guidance, support, and access to relevant safety information and resources. We actively engage in community outreach and education, empowering individuals to make informed decisions regarding their personal safety.
  9. Continuous Learning: We embrace a culture of continuous learning, seeking opportunities for growth, development, and staying abreast of evolving practices and technologies in the field of public safety. We foster a mindset of curiosity and adaptability, constantly seeking to improve our knowledge and skills for the benefit of our community.
  10. Pride in Our Work: We take pride in the work we do, understanding the importance of our role in preserving the safety and security of Princeton Theological Seminary. We approach our responsibilities with dedication, professionalism, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

These core values reflect the guiding principles that define the Department of Public Safety’s culture, actions, and interactions with the community.