RUPD tries to provide a safer environment for the university community members and their property. To provide this protection, RUPD maintains patrols to deter and detect crime, to report fires and safety hazards, and to control vehicle traffic on campus. The department coordinates emergency response to the campus by outside agencies, such as ambulance and fire service.
The department also is responsible for investigating crimes on campus. It is important that members of the community promptly report to RUPD all crimes and emergencies, including personal injuries, sexual misconduct or assaults, and fire and traffic accidents. RUPD can help potential complainants by describing options for responding to criminal acts, as well as assisting in pursuing charges with the Harris County district attorney, if the complainant desires to do so.
When RUPD is informed of a serious crime on campus or in the campus vicinity that presents a continuing threat, it is the policy of RUPD that a timely crime-alert bulletin is distributed throughout the Rice community either in hard copy or electronic form. Our crime log is available at www.rice.edu/safety/statistics.shtml and at the police department.
RUPD also handles requests for service, such as escorting, car assistance, and unlocking building and room doors. These requests are handled as promptly as possible.