Safety and Security

The Department of Campus Safety works diligently to ensure a safe work and academic environment for the APU community. The Department of Campus Safety works with city, county, state, and federal law enforcement authorities. Agencies collaborate whenever possible on investigations and crime prevention programs to provide the best possible service to the APU community.

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APU’s Department of Campus Safety is located on the first floor of Smith Hall on East Campus. The department consists of 4 executive team members (chief, deputy chief, and two lieutenants), 1 administrative coordinator to the chief, 1 parking coordinator, 25 staff officers, 2 dispatchers, and about 50 student workers who patrol the campus and respond to emergencies. APU requires all staff officers to complete training and receive certification from a California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Certified Academy in powers of arrest and search and seizure (832 PC), as well as obtain certification from the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to operate as a Campus Safety Officer and carry a baton and pepper spray.


Provide a safe and secure learning environment for the university community and protect the assets of Azusa Pacific University.


Be a leader in exceptional customer service, model dignity and respect of others, show mercy over judgment, and offer accountability.


  • God First
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment

A Message from the Chief

Welcome to Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Campus Safety website, which offers information about our department and can answer many questions you may have. You may also contact us at (626) 815-3805 and we’ll be glad to help you.

The Department of Campus Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment in which our faculty and staff can prepare our students for academic success now and career opportunities in the future. As members of the APU community, our officers and staff serve with courtesy, pride, dependability, and sensitivity. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is paramount. We pride ourselves on working as a team—within the department and across campus, and also with law enforcement in the greater Azusa community.

The Department of Campus Safety is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are always officers on duty to respond to calls for service. Our officers share an all-encompassing vision that reflects the university motto of God First.

I thank you for visiting our department website. We look forward to serving you.

Best Regards,

Paul Dennis
Executive Director/Chief

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