Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is a community effort. The information located in this section is designed to help you protect yourself from crime. We encourage you to take advantage of the crime prevention programs that we offer. They are designed to help you develop strong personal safety habits so that you will be able to fully and safely enjoy your experience at the George Washington University.

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Crime Prevention Initiatives: 

Threat Assessment Team 

The Threat Assessment Team combines representatives from GWPD, the university counseling center, human resources, the faculty, the office of general counsel, the dean of student affairs and other administrative offices in order to provide a proactive response to threats made by students, faculty, and staff. The goal is to assess threats holistically and professionally in order to protect the GW community and help individuals before threats turn into actions. All threats should be reported immediately to (202) 994-6111. 

Personal Safety Tips 

These tips are designed to encourage students, staff, and faculty members to develop habits that promote safety in a variety of environments including: at work, at night, within a residence, and for vehicles. 

Self Defense

GWPD offers free self defense classes on a regular basis. The self defense courses help teach the basics of avoiding, diffusing, and reacting to potentially violent situations and individuals. 

Violence Awareness Mitigation Program (VAMP) 

The Violence Awareness Mitigation Program provides instructions for how staff, faculty members, and student leaders can recognize and avoid potentially violent situations and interactions during the performance of their duties. This training is especially helpful for staff and faculty whose duties include front end customer service, sales, and mediation.


The TIPS line (202) 994-TIPS (8477) provides individuals to provide non-emergency information directly and anonymously to the Chief of Police. 

Operation Identification

Expensive electronics and bicycles are among the most commonly stolen items at GW. Operation Identification helps police departments who recover this stolen property return the item to their rightful owners. GWPD provides free engraving services and enter the item into a database for students, staff and faculty members.

Information Security

Whether you are a student using GW's networks, a staff member entrusted with personal information, or a faculty member conducting research, you must know and follow the university's policies for protecting information. Our information security resources can help you find these policies and suggests best practices to protecting information. 

Blue Light Phones

There are 38 blue light phones located across the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. The blue light phones provide direct contact to the GWPD dispatcher and flashes a strobe light to alert those around you that you need help. In addition to the 38 blue light phones, panic buttons that send an alarm to GWPD are located in secluded areas like parking garages and stairwells throughout the campus. Officers will always respond to activated blue light phones and panic buttons.  

Preventing Workplace Violence

GWPD works to make the university a safe place to work, live, and study. These tips will help you work with us to reduce the risk of workplace violence. 


GWPD has joined forces with SafePlace-USA to provide electronic room safes for students to purchase or rent to secure their valuables.