MIT Police

MIT Department of Public Safety

MIT’s Department of Public Safety comprises offices and functions that ensure a safe and prepared campus. The offices and functions within the department facilitate preparedness for, response to, and recovery from emergencies that may impact the MIT community. Led by John DiFava, the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, the Department of Public Safety comprises:

  • MIT Police
  • MIT Emergency Management
  • International Safety and Security
  • Background check program

Helpful links:

MIT Police

MIT Emergency Management

MIT Emergency Information website


MIT International Coordinating Committee – Safety and Security

Atlas Service Center

MIT CORI policy

General Questions

MIT Police
Dial 100 from an MIT phone or (617) 253-1212

During campus-wide emergencies, check for emergency information and instructions.

MIT Police Department

Our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment that allows members of the MIT community to pursue their academic and research endeavors without distraction. We understand that good policing is as much about education as it is about enforcement. Our Community Policing Unit frequently reaches out to the community with support, information, and resources. Every August and September, for example, we introduce new students to our services and orient them to life on an urban campus.

We actively strive to foster a positive and rewarding experience for all sectors of our community.

We also collaborate with offices and organizations across campus to ensure the safety and security of our community. We work closely with MIT Emergency Management on both emergency preparedness and disaster response programing and procedures. We also work closely with our partners in the Division of Student Life  to improve safety through programming, safety workshops, and ongoing communication and collaboration.

Our patrol officers are carefully trained to focus on maintaining a safe and secure academic and living environment. The regular presence of foot, bicycle, motorcycle, and cruiser patrols reinforces the importance we place on safety and on working in partnership with the members of our community. In addition, we build and maintain constructive relationships with residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and with peers from local and national universities.

If you have questions or suggestions about the way we work, please get in touch.

We welcome your feedback.

Helpful links

Contact Information

Emergency Contact Information
From a campus phone: Dial 100

Cellphone: 617-253-1212

Off-Campus Phone: 617-253-1212

Non-Emergency Contact

MIT Police Station
301 Vassar Street (W89)
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-2996

MIT Emergency Management

MIT Emergency Management works closely with departments, offices, labs, and centers across the Institute to prepare the MIT community for emergencies and disasters and ensure the continued operation of the Institute’s mission to keep our community safe and resilient to all hazards.

It is the vision of MIT Emergency Management to build and maintain a professional, exemplary, comprehensive emergency management and business continuity program for MIT that perpetuates resiliency across all sectors of the Institute.

The MIT Emergency Management program has six key mission areas:

  • Prevention
  • Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Continuity

To achieve these mission areas for MIT, MIT Emergency Management provides planning, training, and outreach services to the MIT community, including active shooter training, tabletop exercises, CPR classes, AED installation and maintenance, response guides for hazards that may impact MIT, snow and inclement weather response, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), continuity planning, and general preparedness training. MIT Emergency Management works closely with MIT EHS to develop and maintain emergency preparedness plans for all DLCs on campus and with MIT Medical on pandemic preparedness, response, and recovery.

MIT Emergency Management manages the MIT Alert program, which is the system used to notify the MIT community of emergencies or dangerous situations impacting campus that require community members to take action to stay safe, or when an emergency may cause a disruption to operations at MIT. All current students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled in MIT Alert and our extended community (family members, neighbors, alumni, stakeholders, etc.) can choose to sign up as well. To customize your MIT Alert experience, visit the MIT Alert website.

MIT Emergency Management serves as the administrative department that manages MIT’s student-run ambulance service, MIT EMS.  We partner with the MIT EMS executives to ensure the service is running smoothly and serving the MIT community to ensure quick response to medical emergencies on the campus.

The background check program for employees also reports to MIT Emergency Management through the Department of Public Safety. 

Helpful links:

MIT Emergency Management website

MIT Alert website

MIT Emergency Information website

MIT EMS website

Emergency response guides

Training offerings (CPR, Active Shooter, CERT, general preparedness)

COVID-19 Information

MIT Medical


MIT Police


General Questions:



MIT Police
Dial 100 from an MIT phone or (617) 253-1212

During campus-wide emergencies, check for emergency information and instructions.