Department of Public Safety

Event Security

The Department of Public Safety offers security services for on-campus events.

DPS Event Review Policy

The Brown University Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for providing police and security services on campus and for coordinating and determining police and security staffing at all events on campus such as parties, dances, rallies, lectures, dignitary visits, sporting events, etc., including those events/functions sponsored by non-university organizations.

Adequate security and crowd management are integral aspects of event planning and all event sponsors and organizers (i.e., student organizations, departments, students, faculty and staff) share in the responsibility for the safety and well-being of audience members, participants, performers, and workers. Our DPS Staffing Policy for Campus Events & Construction Projects offers detailed information for you to consider when planning for event security.

How to Notify the DPS About Your Event 

DPS created a Security Event Review Form to help determine whether a security detail is needed for your event. Requests for Public Safety Staffing for events should be made as far in advance as possible and must be submitted on-line, at least three weeks prior to the event. The following questions are examples of what will be asked on the form:

  • Location, Date, and Time of Event
  • Event Name, Speakers, Topics
  • Is the Event Open To The Public, Alcohol, or Cash Exchanged

For further assistance during business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00pm, please contact or call Jillian Rourke at (401) 863-2027.

After business hours, you may contact our non-emergency line at (401) 863-3322.

Take Care of Your Special Guests

Fill out a Dignitary Notification Form to alert appropriate campus departments of high profile visitors coming to the Brown campus. Not Sure?  If you are inviting someone who is likely to draw significant media attention, such as a well-known lecturer, an entertainer or political figure, chances are you will need to fill out the form. 

Detail Security Rates and Cancellation Policy

In order to avoid billing, cancellation must be received by DPS twelve (12) hours prior to the start of the requested detail.

Contact or call Jillian Rourke at (401) 863-2027 during business hours. If calling after hours, contact our non-emergency line at (401) 863-3322.

If cancellation is not received, a four (4) hour minimum for each of the requested detail officers shall be billed. For further information regarding detail rates, contact

FY'24 Detail Rates: 

Officers - $73.20 per hour 

Sergeants - $91.10 per hour

Command Staff - $94.00 per hour         

Holiday & Critical Rates 

Officers - $97.10 per hour 

Sergeants - $120.50 per hour

Command Staff - $130.00 per hour 

The four-hour minimum remains in effect for both Brown University and Providence officers.