Rutgers Police–Newark Division

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Rutgers Police–Newark Division (RUPD) offers services that help you feel safe on campus.

The mission of Rutgers Police–Newark Division is to provide effective policing and security services to all members of the university community through the establishment of active community partnerships to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life for all students, employees, and visitors through the fair and impartial enforcement of all federal, state, and local laws over which the agency has jurisdiction.

The Newark Division of the Rutgers Police Department operates out of two locations: 5 Bruce Street and 200 University Avenue. Although the RUPD is charged with creating a safe and secure environment, we cannot accomplish this alone. Crime prevention and problem solving are everyone’s responsibility. Please assist us by calling (973) 972-4491 or (973) 353-5111 to report suspicious activity.

Get more information about the Newark Division of the Rutgers Police Department.

New: Text to RUPD Pilot Program

As part of the university's mission to improve safety on campus, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) has teamed up with several student organizations to launch a “Text to RUPD” pilot program. This new university initiative will offer you an alternative way to communicate nonemergency concerns or requests for help to the Rutgers Police Department. Here's how to reach us:

  1. Text "RUNWK" and your message to 69050.
  2. If your message is successfully delivered to the RUPD, you will receive an auto-reply.
  3. If you do not receive a response, please be sure that your phone's auto-correct did not change any of the required information and that you included a space after RUNWK.

Community Service Officers (CSO)

Since 2004, Community Service Officers have worked under the direct supervision of the Rutgers University Police Department–Newark Division. These officers act as the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department. Currently, there are 35 Community Service Officers.

More about Community Service Officers

Still have questions about RUPD?

Is there a Lost and Found at Rutgers University–Newark?
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Yes. If you lost an item on campus, please call (973) 353-2522 to determine if the item has been turned into the Rutgers Police Department and to schedule the pickup of your property.

If you find an item lost on campus, please return it to 100 University Avenue, the Rutgers Public Safety building, or call (973) 353-5581.

Certain items should be turned into the police department immediately. These items include the following:

  • Cash
  • High-value items (jewelry, laptops)
  • Government-issued identification (passport, visa, etc.)
  • Any item presumed to be stolen
  • RUID cards
  • State keys

Certain items are excluded from this process and will not be accepted:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Pens, pencils, notebooks, office supplies
  • Umbrellas
  • Items valued under $25 or with no apparent value

The RUPD will make an attempt to locate the owner and return the item. If the item is not claimed within 30 days, the RUPD will transfer it to Surplus Property to be disposed of.

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Does Rutgers University–Newark provide security escorts for students?
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Yes. Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) provides escorts to students, faculty, and staff upon request. The escorts, primarily walking, provide our community with personalized service to their vehicles, campus residence, or the university's mass transit system. To view mass transit hours, please visit the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services.

To request an escort, take the following steps:

  • Call (732) 932-7211 or use a campus emergency phone (blue light).
  • The RUPD Communication and Dispatch Center will send a public safety representative to escort you.
  • Escorts may not be "reserved" in advance.
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Key Contacts

200 University AvenueNewarkNew Jersey07102

For Emergencies, always call 911.

You can also contact the following individuals for more specific, nonemergency questions:
John Huertas, Chief of Police
Alex Rabar, Captain
John Bell, Sergeant & OEM Liaison