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ASU Police Department
PO Box 1812
Tempe, AZ 85287-1812

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ASUPD, ASU PD, POLICE, security, Public Safety

Department Description


The mission of the ASU Police Department is to foster a safe, community-centered environment through engaged collaboration committed to dignity and respect.


To be the model for university policing.​


Responsible: Accept the responsibility to do what is right and expected.
Equitable: Use a just and impartial attitude with everyone.
Supportive: Fulfill the needs of the department and community.
Progressive: Provide innovative solutions to issues.
Engaged: Further community member interest through dedication and enthusiasm.
Communicative: Engage in open dialogue with community members.​
Trustworthy: Behave in a manner to be worthy of the community’s trust and respect.​​


The Arizona State University  Police Department is a full service public law enforcement agency, established by the Arizona Board of Regents and the President of ASU. There are 159 employees with the department, including 87 sworn personnel. By the authority vested in them by the legislature of the State of Arizona, the ASU Police Department provides original jurisdictional law enforcement, security, and safety services on property owned or controlled by the ABOR. ASU Police Officers are fully certified as police officers by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 1-215). ASU Police Officers are armed and vested with full law enforcement powers, including the authority to make arrests. As set forth in Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3871, the authority of police officers may extend beyond ASU primary jurisdiction to any place within the state:

  1. Where an officer has prior consent from the agency head or designee having primary jurisdiction; or

  2. Under any of the circumstances set forth in Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3883.

Additionally, through agreements with the Cities of Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix and Glendale and because city streets run through or are contiguous with ASU property, Officers will give appropriate secondary attention to traffic control and enforcement on those streets. ASU Police Officers have the authority to enforce state and federal laws within the limits imposed by the state and federal constitutions and judicial rulings. The ASU Police Department does not tolerate abuse of law enforcement authority.


Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-1627 grants ASU the right to adopt rules controlling vehicles and non-pedestrian devices, e.g., bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, skateboards, roller skates and equines. Officers are responsible for enforcing maximum speeds, required traffic stops, direction of travel, and authorized hours of travel.

While the ASU Dean of Students enforces the Student Code of Conduct, Officers may inform the Dean of Students of violations to the code using the Dean Referral process.


The ASU Police Department is responsible for, and has agency jurisdiction for, law enforcement matters occurring on property under the control of the Arizona Board of Regents at several ASU campus locations, including Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West. The ASU Police Department has primary jurisdictional responsibility for property within the ASU core boundaries located in the City of Tempe and for ASU properties outside the core boundaries.