Public Safety

Gallaudet University DPS New Patch

 New DPS vehicle

What to know and how to contact us during an emergency.

It is always best to contact DPS first during an emergency.  This helps with a quicker, more efficient response from DPS, MPD, or DC EMS.  First, we have a direct line to the DC Office of Unified Command therefore we can reach them quicker and provide them the necessary information as quickly as possible.  Our trained dispatchers know exactly how to inform them of an emergency and exactly what to tell them.  Second, when you contact us first it allows us to send you immediate assistance while coordinating the response from city officials.  While awaiting response we can provide first aid or other assistance and arrange to meet responding emergency vehicles and lead them directly to the incident.

If you bypass DPS, responding city officials will not have exact building and room location and it could lead to an unnecessary and dangerous loss of precious time and it does not allow us to serve you properly. 

So, in an emergency contact us immediately at: or call at 202-651-5555 or in an emergency use the "EmergenSee App".

Also, the dispatcher center does not have videophones.  This is because there is little to no time delay when calling through a video relay service and most VRI's are trained in 911 emergency calls.

Emergency Lines-Communication Center

Hours of Operation 24 hours each day, 7 days per week

(202) 651-5555 (voice/videophone) For those using Videophones, be aware that it will be via a qualified Videophone Relay Interpreter (email)

(202) 651-5444 (tty)

Non-Emergency Lines-Communication Center

(202) 651-5444 (tty)
(202) 651-5445 (voice) (email)

Campus Police

Theodore Baran-Director/Chief Campus Police

202-618-6757 Videophone

202-651-5088 Voice

Hours of Operation

Campus Police Officers and dispatchers are on duty 24 hours each day, 365 days a year. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, segways, and in marked and unmarked vehicles. There is a supervisor and/or assistant supervisor on duty during each shift.  The Department of Public Safety is located in Carlin Hall on the ground floor.

Gate Hours

8th Street Gate is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and staffed by Department of Public Safety personnel.
Brentwood Gate:  Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
West Virginia Avenue Gate:  Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
6th Street Gate: Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Gallaudet's Public Safety Officers, Asst. Supervisors, and Supervisors are considered "Special Police Officers" and are commissioned by the District of Columbia. They have the same powers as law enforcement officers to arrest without a warrant for offenses committed on the Gallaudet campus. They may also arrest outside of Gallaudet if they are in fresh pursuit for an offense committed on campus.

Dispatchers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch with specialized training in response to police, fire, and medical emergencies.

Parking & ID Desk

Hours of Operation Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Sometimes later depending on staffing.)

(202) 250-2700
1-866-327-8877 (VP/video relay )
(202) 651-5544
dpsparkingandid (instant messenger)

Parking and Traffic (A & O Manual 1:1.1)

Access Control

Office Hours of Operation Monday thru Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Access Control (A & O Manual 1:2.25)
Access to Buildings (A & O Manual 1:25.26)

Campus Map

Additional Information Campus Map with Emergency Blue Light Locations


Important Phone Numbers