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SINCE 1904.


Our History

The University of Toronto Campus Safety has been an institution on the St. George campus since 1904. During that time, the organization has necessarily evolved to provide services that address the changing needs of the University. Training has also evolved to facilitate our new role in the community. The inclusion of training modules that support the academic mission recognizes our support role to the University mission.

1904 – 1990: Special Constables maintain a traditional policing model – conducting random patrols and reacting to calls for service.

1991 – A community policing approach is adopted by the Special Constables, promoting a new service delivery model which focuses on meeting the needs of the community and places a greater importance on crime prevention through proactive means.

Since 1991, our Service has improved its level of service and continues to take on new and challenging roles within the University of Toronto community.

2002 – Our Service becomes the first Ontario (Police) Special Constable Service to be recognized as a Customer Service Excellence Organization.

2021 – Our Service re-brands as the University of Toronto Campus Safety to better reflect the robust range of public safety services that we provide to the University community. This change also aligns our Service with new provincial regulations.

Our Mission Statement


The University of Toronto Campus Safety is dedicated to creating a safe, secure and equitable environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors.


To support the academic mission of the University, we work in partnership with our community:

  • to protect persons and property by developing programs and conducting activities that promote safety and security;

  • to prevent crime, maintain the peace, resolve conflicts and promote good order;

  • to deliver non-discriminatory, inclusive programs to our diverse community;

  • to remain accountable to our community.

  • to provide referral to community services;

  • to respond to emergencies and provide assistance to faculty, students and staff;

  • to ensure University policies and regulations are followed, and

  • to enforce the criminal code and selected provincial and municipal statutes as necessary;


We are accountable to our community and guided by the following principles and values:

  • respect for the dignity, privacy, worth and diversity of all persons

  • fair and impartial treatment of all individuals

  • a departmental philosophy that promotes safety and security as a responsibility of all members of the community;

  • reliability, competence, accountability, teamwork and open communication, and

  • an approach to campus safety that welcomes and encourages community involvement and promotes equity.

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