Report A Crime

If you are the victim of or witness to a crime, you have the responsibility to report it immediately to the police.

Prompt reporting of any suspicious activity to the Police Department can help us prevent further crimes, apprehend the suspects and provide accurate data for federally mandated statistical reporting. Most importantly, prompt reporting will help the Police Department maintain a safe and secure campus environment for all of us.

Whenever possible, the actual victim or witness should contact the UCSF Police Department directly. First hand information is always more accurate and complete. 

In an Emergency

  • Dial 9+911 from any campus telephone to report all emergencies related to police, fire, chemical spills or medical assistance. The public safety dispatcher receives information on a computer screen, identifying the location where the call originated.
  • Dial 911 from any telephone including cellular phone.  The call will be routed to the appropriate jurisdiction.

What to Say

When calling to report a crime or incident, be ready with the following information:

  • Your name, your location, the phone number you are calling from.
  • A brief description of what occurred.
  • Where and when did the incident occur?
  • Is anyone in need of medical assistance?
  • Is anyone in danger now?
  • How many suspects are involved?
  • Please describe the suspect vehicle and license plate if known.
  • Did the suspect have a weapon? If so, what type of weapon?
  • Where and when was the suspect last seen?
  • What did the suspect look like (gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color and length, clothing, facial hair, tattoos or scars)?
  • Where should the police go to meet you or to respond to this incident?
  • Be sure to include any other relevant information.

Non-Emergency Procedures

For non-emergency assistance or for general inquiries:

  • Dial 6-1414 if on campus.
  • Dial 415/476-1414 if off campus.

Reporting an Incident

  • Non-emergency crime victims should call the non-emergency line, 415/476-1414, to report the crime. A police officer will take a written report and conduct a thorough preliminary investigation. A follow-up contact by the UCSF Police will be made within three business days.
  • In the event of an emergency, you should immediately telephone the UCSF Police Department by dialing 9+911 from any campus telephone or dial 911 from any pay telephone.
  • The University has installed emergency duress buttons in campus parking structures and in open parking lots. Upon activation of an alarm, police officers will be dispatched immediately to the location of the incident.

Online Reporting Service

If you wish to report an incident of receiving annoying phone calls, petty theft, vandalism or lost property, this can be done online:

Online Reporting System

This service is for your convenience.  As with incidents reported via the non-emergency telephone line, your online report will be reviewed by police detectives.  Once approved, an email with a copy of the report attached will be sent to the reporting party at no cost.

Reporting a Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault are legally entitled to withhold their identifying information from public release. They are also not required to make a police report, but it is encouraged. 

Confidential counseling is available through Student Health Services, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and/or other community resources.