- 401 454-6376
- South Hall
- 30 Waterman Street
For routine calls, 24-7: 401 454-6376
For emergencies, 24-7: 401 454-6666
RISD's Department of Public Safety (DPS), works with the Providence Police and Brown University Police departments to maintain a safe campus environment and support the educational mission of the college. Patrolling the campus on foot, bicycle and in distinctively marked cruisers, we provide comprehensive safety, security, parking, shuttle and escort service to the RISD community.
Public Safety Officers
DPS officers are diverse and well educated, and many have substantial law enforcement and military experience. All officers receive annual recertification in first aid and CPR, and many officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Several officers are also certified instructors in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program, Defensive Tactics, Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and CPR, First Aid and AED. In addition, many are trained in Domestic Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction prevention and preparedness.
Reporting a Crime
Members of the RISD community should immediately report all observed or suspected criminal activity to DPS promptly. DPS officers do not have authority to arrest but may investigate incidents and detain individuals until Providence police officers arrive.
StaffNormand Gamache Director of Public Safety 401 709-8529 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Domaingue Campus ID Card Facilitator 401 454-6664 email@example.com East Hall, Room 8, 48 Waterman Street
Antone Souza Public Safety Administrative Lieutenant 401 277-4907 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Tamborelli Associate Director of Access Control and Campus Card Operations 401 277-4960 email@example.com East Hall, Room 8, 48 Waterman Street
Dorothy Waters Public Safety Clerk 401 454-6371 firstname.lastname@example.org Quad Area
Starting in September 2017, RISD Rides vans will no longer use the set routes that were previously in place, but will instead operate as a more flexible, on-demand, door-to-door service. Community members will no longer contact the Department of Public Safety to request a ride from RISD Rides. Students, faculty and staff will now be able to use a smart phone to request a ride from any location, within the designated service area, to any college building. Students may also request a return trip from any college building to their residence, within the service area. RISD Rides will operate 7 days per week during the academic year, from 5:00 pm - 3:15 am. Please check the RISD Rides Service Area Map before planning your trip.
How to Access RISD Rides Online
- Go to my.risd.edu on a desktop or download the My RISD app on a mobile device
- Select your appropriate persona (i.e. students select "Students")
- Select "Going" tile
- Select "RISD Rides" tile
- Click "Request RISD Rides"
Please note: If you are a first-time user of RISD Rides you will be prompted to create an account in the TransLoc Rider app when you request a ride for the first time. It is recommended that you use your RISD username as your username for this system, (for example John Smith would use jsmith). Once you build your profile you will need to select "Rhode Island School of Design."
If you do not have a smart phone and need to request a ride from RISD Rides, you can still contact the Department of Public Safety at 401 427-6915 to request a ride.
How to Request a Ride
On-demand rides are scheduled from within the TransLoc Rider app. When service is available a blue icon will be visible and clicking on the icon will allow you to schedule a ride. When the icon is grey service is unavailable.
- Click the "Request a Ride" button
- Enter the address where you would like to be picked-up. (This can be done by typing in the address bar, making a selection from the "My Addresses" drop-down menu or by moving the pin on the map so that the green pin's location is where you would like to be picked-up.)
- Enter the address where you would like to be dropped-off
- Select the number of passengers for the ride. If you are only making a reservation for yourself, please click "Just Me."
Please note: You can save personal addresses in the "My Addresses" drop-down menu by going to "My Addresses" and clicking the "Create Address" button. Then, enter the address on a single line. Finally, enter a name for the address.
Verifying When Your RISD Ride Will Arrive
Once you have scheduled a ride, click "View Ride" and you will be taken to a live map showing your pickup and drop-off locations, the vehicle itself, and your estimated pickup time.
You will also receive a text message, sent to the phone number associated with your account. This message will be sent between 3-5 minutes prior to the vehicle arriving to your pickup location. A text message will also be sent to you when the driver arrives at your location.
How to Cancel a RISD Ride Request
- Sign into the TransLoc Rider App
- On the left-hand menu, click "My Rides"
- Click on the ride you would like to cancel
- Click the "Cancel Ride" button
Please note: If you wish to change your ride or schedule a new one, you must first cancel the one you currently have scheduled.
Rules and Regulations
- Passengers must show a valid RISD ID to the driver when boarding.
- Guests must be accompanied by a RISD community member.
- Conduct of guests is the responsibility of their host.
- All riders must wear a seat belt per Rhode Island state law.
- Pets are not allowed on board.
- Smoking is prohibited in the vehicle.
- Alcohol is not permitted in the vehicle (in closed or open containers).
- Passengers who damage a RISD Rides vehicle will be billed accordingly.
RISD Rides passengers have the right to be driven home in a safe manner and be treated with courtesy and respect, and are expected to treat RISD Rides employees in the same manner. RISD Rides reserves the right to deny transport to any passenger if the driver deems their behavior to be dangerous to the driver, other passengers or the vehicle.
RISD Rides is operated under contract by First Transit, Inc. of Providence, RI. First Transit runs background checks on all drivers. RISD Rides operators wear a First Transit, Inc. uniform and photo badge that they must present to passengers upon request.
Please direct any questions or feedback about RISD Rides to DPS at 401 454-6376.
Emergency Resources on Campus
Code Blue Emergency Phones
The Code Blue Emergency Phone system gives RISD community members a quick and reliable way to inform DPS of emergency situations on campus. These electronic, interactive voice communication and lighting units are prominently deployed throughout campus and can be used to request services, report suspicious activity or people, or alert DPS to crimes in progress. The phones are blue in color and the blue strobe lights atop them are engineered to be visible at a great distance. Their prominent placement on campus alerts would-be criminals that the area is well secured.
Location of Phones
- 48 Waterman - East Hall
- 55 Angel - Refectory
- 55 Canal - ISB
- 161 South Main
- 231 South Main - BEB
- 296 Benefit - Carriage House
- Benefit at College - College Building
- Benefit at Meeting - Colonial Apts.
- Benefit at Waterman - RISD Beach
- College at South Main
- Mason/Fletcher Building
- Prospect at Olive Street
- Woods-Gerry Lot - DeFoe Place
Automated External Defibrillator
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm. It recognizes and advises a rescuer if a heart rhythm requires a shock. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to provide the rescuer with step-by-step instructions. AEDs are a valuable tool that first responders use to provide valuable medical treatment to patients in advance of them being able to reach an emergency medical facility. DPS has deployed AED units at four locations throughout campus. DPS Emergency Medical Technicians carry a portable unit with them at all times. You may read about how to use an AED on the National Institute of Health's website.
- 15 Westminster Street
1st floor, monitors office
- 20 Washington Place
1st floor, hallway/student accounting
- 123 Dyer Street
- 130 Point Street
- 161 South Main Street
2nd floor, near the elevator
17 Canal Walk
- Bayard Ewing Building
231 South Main Street
- Benson Hall
235 Benefit Street
- Chace Center
main entrance, at the coat room
15 North Main Street
- College Building
landing between the 2nd and 3rd floor
Benefit Street entrance
- Continuing Education
345 South Main Street
- Design Center
main lobby, outside the mail room
30 North Main Street
- Health Services
55 Angel Street
1st floor, at the fire alarm panel
55 Canal Walk
- Mason/CIT Building
169 Weybosset Street
- Memorial Hall
226 Benefit Street
- Met Refectory
30 Waterman Street
Farago Wing, Benefit Street entrance
- Public Safety
30 Waterman Street
- Student Fitness Center
30 Waterman Street
- What Cheer Garage
160 Benefit Street
- Woods Gerry
1st floor, near the bathroom
62 Prospect Street
Public Safety Daily Crime and Fire Log
DPS maintains a daily crime and fire safety log that meets all Clery Act requirements. A log covering the past 60 days is available for public inspection upon request and during normal business hours at the DPS administrative office. DPS will make any portion of the log that is older than 60 days available for inspection within three business days of any request.
Personal Safety and Security
Learn the location of Code Blue phones: whenever someone activates a Code Blue phone, DPS Dispatch immediately sends an officer to that location, even if the person does not speak into the phone. The officer will search the area. If you cannot stay at the phone, contact DPS with your location as soon as possible.
Program DPS’ emergency number in your cell phone: the DPS emergency number is 401 454-6666. DPS is reachable any time and from anywhere, and will dispatch officers if appropriate. If you are far from campus, DPS will contact area law enforcement to help you.
Travel in groups: Avoid walking alone after dark whenever possible. Find friends or coworkers to walk with, and if you must travel alone, ensure your cell phone is on and easily reachable. Travel in familiar, well-lit, high-traffic areas.
Pay attention to your surroundings: cell phones, headphones and other devices cause potentially harmful distractions. DPS advises storing electronic devices out of view after dark.
Find a safe place: If you are being followed or harassed, call for help and enter a safe building as soon as possible. Taking refuge in a place with witnesses is more likely to deter suspected assailants.
Get a Personal Alarm from DPS: visit the DPS Office of Crime Prevention to obtain a free personal alarm for use in emergency situations.
Residence Safety and Security
Be prepared to call for help: make sure your cell phone is charged and accessible at all times. If you do maintain a landline, place it in a visible, unobstructed location in your living space. If you are off-campus and in immediate danger call 911 and then contact DPS as soon as possible to inform us of your situation.
Schedule a Crime Prevention Office Security Inspection: For more information about on- or off-campus home security inspections, contact DPS at 401 454-6376.
Don’t prop doors open: this practice creates serious security vulnerability. If you come across a door that has been propped open, securely close the door and contact DPS. Officers will search the area to ensure that no unauthorized individuals have gained access to the building.
Secure windows and doors before leaving your home: if a window or door in your on-campus home does not secure properly, submit a work order online to have the situation rectified.
Secure valuables in your home: valuable items should not be left unsecured or in plain sight. When you are not home, store laptops and other portable electronics in a cabinet or drawer—preferably one that locks.
Install extra locks in off-campus apartments: main doors that open into a common area in your building should be lockable. If your apartment doors do not have functioning locks, request proper locks from your landlord.
Check window security: ensure that all windows are fully functional and in good condition. If you live off campus, speak with your landlord about issues with window security. If you live on campus, submit a work order.
Office/Studio Safety and Security
Do not prop open office or studio doors: propped doors create serious security vulnerabilities for our buildings, property and people. DO NOT prop doors, and if you come across a propped door, close it, secure it and contact DPS.
Notify DPS of suspicious persons: if you encounter someone who you believe does not belong in one of our buildings, contact DPS immediately with a location and description. Officers will be sent to investigate.
Call DPS for all safety or security issues: prompt reporting allows us to act and ensure community safety.
Anyone planning a RISD event on or in the vicinity of campus must advise DPS. The following rules generally apply to all events:
- At least one staff or faculty member must attend.
- A Public Safety officer may need to be present at the discretion of the Director of Public Safety.
- Large events (especially those held in the RISD Auditorium) may require the presence of a Providence police officer(s) or Providence firefighter(s) at the discretion of the Director of Public Safety. The sponsoring department or organization will incur the costs for outside agency details.
- All events including the service of alcohol require that a RISD Public Safety officer be present. The event must also be staffed by a bartender hired by Dining + Catering. Event planners must complete an Alcohol Use Regulations Form and submit it to Public Safety and Dining + Catering at least two weeks prior to the event.
For questions about your event, please contact DPS at 401 454-6376.
Protect yourself against identity theft
Perpetrators of identity theft use various methods to obtain key pieces of their victim’s identity, frequently targeting credit card, driver’s license, Social Security and ATM card numbers in order to impersonate their victim. The perpetrator’s intent often is to spend large amounts of a victim’s financial resources in a short period of time.
Take the following steps to reduce access to your personal data
- Keep original documents in a secure place (do not carry them unless needed)
- Do not offer personal information via telephone unless you initiate contact
- Avoid obvious passwords or PINs (birthdates, names, last four Social Security digits, etc.)
- Pay close attention to billing cycles and statements
- Destroy old billing statements
- If you have other means of monitoring accounts, decline to receive printed statements
- Review credit reports regularly for unsolicited inquiries or discrepancies
- Be wary of free promotions; thieves create phony gifts to obtain information
Protect your Social Security Number (SSN)
- Release only when absolutely necessary (taxes, employment, banking transactions)
- If a business requests to identify you by SSN, request an alternate number be used
- If a business insists on using your SSN, you should consider—and ask:
Why is my SSN needed?
How will my SSN be used?
How will my SSN be protected from theft?
Is there another business that provides the same service without requiring SSN disclosure?
Resources for combating identity theft
Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Hotline
Rhode Island Attorney General
Consumer Protection Unit
Major credit bureaus:
Equifax: 800 525-6285
Experian: 800 749-7576
Transunion: 800 680-7289
Crime Prevention and Safety Documents
To deter theft, DPS encourages students to register bikes and scooters at the Public Safety office. U-Locks are available for purchase at the RISD Store.
Operation ID deters theft by placing visible ID labels on personal property; items with serial numbers can also be registered with DPS in the event of theft.
National Crime Prevention Council
The NCPC offers monthly programs that are posted in the RISD Public Safety Newsletter and through campus-wide announcements.
This is a wearable safety tool that emits a 120 dB siren upon activation. Personal Alarms are available to students, staff and faculty free of charge.
Red Cross First Aid and CPR training
DPS offers American Red Cross classes, including First Aid and CPR, monthly and free of charge to students, staff and faculty.