CAU Department of Public Safety
Lawshe Street at Student Movement Boulevard
Emergency: (404) 880-8911
Non-Emergency: (404) 880-8623
Welcome to Clark Atlanta University's Department of Public Safety. The Clark Atlanta University Police Department (CAUPD) is a certified law enforcement agency dedicated to safeguarding the life, liberty and security of the students, faculty, staff and constituents who enter and inhabit the campus to pursue University business.
The CAUPD accomplishes this public safety mission by diligently embracing the student-centered approach to policing to reducing criminal incidents and fear of crime. Our mission is to provide each member of the Clark Atlanta University’s community with a sense of security throughout campus by creating a safe learning environment at all times and educating students, faculty and staff in matters of protection and personal responsibility. It is our sincere desire to perform our law enforcement functions and the day-to-day business of policing with respect, professionalism and excellence, while at all times, conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
CAUPD is a collaborative interactive police agency dedicated to the concepts of campus community involvement and community service. We provide public safety services that are designed to fairly, efficiently, and effectively prevent crime and safeguard lives and property. We provide an environment of safety and security which ensures a peaceful quality of life in the university community by establishing collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff and visitors. We strive for positive interactions with outside agencies and maintain a strong, cooperative relationship with the community by respecting differences and fostering a better understanding through communication.
CAUPD employs a community-oriented policing philosophy to improve the quality of safety through our community partnerships and problem solving approaches. To accomplish this goal, the organizational structure is designed into a 3-watch, 8-hour patrol shift schedule deploying resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, encompassing investigative services. Officers conduct directed patrols, respond to crimes in progress, mitigate disputes and disruptions, conduct residential facility town hall meetings and safety training classes, maintain and direct emergency management functions, provide security for athletic events and on-campus social activities, and provide valuable safety tips to the community. Our personnel will maintain high ethical standards, training, and professional development ongoing.
CAUPD is committed to transparency and notification. The Department carries out this function by apprising the students, faculty and staff of the University’s on-campus crime statistics through the distribution of the annual “Your Right To Know” Campus Safety Report. Statistical data is also available on the Clery Act Internal Policy website. CAUPD believes knowledge is power and with that power comes awareness, thereby fostering a campus-wide posture of crime prevention and increased public safety.
CAUPD Headquarters is located at the corner of Lawshe Street and Atlanta Student Movement Blvd. (formerly Fair Street) in the Tanner Turner Building. Stop by and visit. Remember, safety is everyone concern and together we will ensure that CAU is always a safe environment for learning!
Joe L. Little, Jr.
Chief of Police / Director of Emergency Management
Clark Atlanta University Police Department