Anderson University

Police/Security Services

The Anderson University Police/Security Department (available at (765) 641-3333) is responsible for the safety of the campus. Campus police and student officers patrol the campus on foot and in patrol vehicles 24-hours a day, seven days a week. During the late evening hours, officers check campus buildings, residence halls and lounges, and other places students congregate.

Campus police officers are authorized by the State of Indiana to investigate crimes, take complaints, make arrests, and to enforce federal, state and local laws, including traffic laws. Police officers are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) or have advanced First Aid First Responder training.

The campus police department’s jurisdiction is bounded by the White River (west), Scatterfield Road (east), East 8th Street (south) and Lindberg Road (north). Officers have a working relationship with and share information of mutual concern with state, local and federal police departments.

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  •  Produce monthly police blotter for incidents requiring a written case report.
  • Issue Timely Warnings to students in the event an incident would occur that could pose a threat to students.
  • Provide student escorts 24 hours a day for safety and medical purposes by officers and student security officers. Student officers also assist with the patrolling of campus, locking buildings, and working special events.
  • Provide vehicle jump starts, unlocking of vehicle doors, and pumping air to inflate tires.
  • The issue of Student Identification Cards.
  • Issue Emergency weather campus alerts.
  • Assist with Fire Drills and Tornado Drills.
  • Provide Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) classes.
  • Provide Safety meetings upon request.
  • Provide medical assistance when trained personnel are on duty (officers are either Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or have advanced First Aid training).
  • Provide access to ten Blue Light Emergency telephones located around campus. In addition, there are 25 telephones located on buildings that have 24-hour access that allow students to call friends or to call escorts, door unlocks or other services.
  • Responsible for Parking Regulations and enforcement.
  • Permits, tickets, and appeals

    Contact and Hours


    (765) 641-3333

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    Rick Garrett, Director of Police/Security

    Department of Security Services


    Hardacre Hall

    Office Hours

    8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Monday – Wednesday

    Emergency and Service Numbers

    CAMPUS EMERGENCY: (765) 641-3333

    • Dial 3333 from any campus phone.
    • Dial from a Blue Light Emergency Phone located in various places around campus.
    • Report a crime: (765) 641-3333
    • Student escort: (765) 641-3333



    • AU Police / Security: (765) 641-4094
      • For questions about tickets, permits, ID’s, Lost & Found.
    • Health Services / Campus Nurse: (765) 641-4222
    • Counseling Services: (765) 641-4203


      How to Respond to an Active Shooter

      While the likelihood of a shooter on campus is remote, it is best to be prepared for any situation. Active shooter situations are unpredictable, evolve quickly, and are often over in 10 to 15 minutes. Before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

      How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity
      Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students are encouraged to follow the lead of instructors during critical incidents prior to the arrival of the University Police.

      If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

      • Have an escape route and plan in mind
      • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
      • Leave your belongings behind
      • Help others escape, if possible
      • Prevent individuals from entering the area where the active shooter may be
      • Keep your hands visible
      • Follow the instructions of any Police Officer
      • Generally, do not attempt to move wounded people
      • Call (765) 641-3333 when you are safe

      Hide Out (Shelter in Place)
      If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

      Your hiding place should:

      • Be out of the active shooter’s view
      • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door)
      • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

      To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

      • Lock the door
      • Blockade the door with heavy furniture

      If an active shooter is nearby:

      • Lock the door
      • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
      • Turn off any sources of noise (i.e. radio, televisions)
      • Hide behind large items (i.e. cabinets, desks)
      • Remain quiet

      If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

      • Remain calm
      • Dial (765) 641-3333, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
      • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

      Take Action Against the Active Shooter
      As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

      • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
      • Throwing items and improvising weapons
      • Yelling and committing to your actions