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650-723-9633

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New Roundabout at Campus Drive and Escondido Road

Stanford's first intersection conversion to a single-lane roundabout is expected to be completed this month at Campus Drive at Escondido Road. Learn how to navigate the roundabout by visiting the Parking & Transportation website.


Assault With Deadly Weapon--8/29/14

The Stanford Department of Public Safety is seeking witnesses to and information about an assault that took place on campus:

On Friday, August 29, 2014, at approx. 9:11pm, an unidentified male struck a female in the face with an unknown object -- possibly a baton or flashlight. At the time of the attack, the victim was walking westbound on the path adjacent to Campus Drive and was just east of the intersection of Campus Dr and Palm Drive. The suspect approached the victim from behind and struck her face with what she believed to be a stick or baton. The suspect immediately fled westbound on foot on Campus Drive towards the Stanford Shopping Center. He was last seen fleeing into a grove of trees that are west of Palm Drive. The victim sustained serious facial injuries.

The victim described her assailant as a white male adult, brown hair, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing “athletic” clothing consisting of a white shirt, black shorts, and black shoes.

If anyone has any information concerning this incident, please call the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

Posted 09/12/14

Pepper Spray Incident, 9/5/14

At approximately 9:15am, on Friday, September 5, 2014, an individual working in a parking lot near the Clark Center was pepper sprayed by an unknown suspect.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie with a bandana covering their face; age and ethnicity are unknown. The suspect was last seen traveling on Campus Drive towards Via Ortega coming from the Clark Center area.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 09/05/14

Physical Assault Update 08/29/14

On 08/29/14, at approx. 9:11pm, a female adult reported that she was walking in the area of Palm Dr. and Campus Dr. when she was struck from behind with an unknown object that she believed to be a stick. The subject fled on foot in the direction of the Stanford Shopping Center. The female was injured and is currently being treated at Stanford Hospital

The suspect was described as a white male adult, in his 30’s, approx. 5' 7" and 140 lbs, fit build with short brown hair and wearing black shorts, white t-shirt, and black shoes.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted at this website if it becomes available.

Posted 08/29/14

Gas Line Break Cleared 8/18/14

The gas line break in the area of Lomita and Roth has been repaired as of 5:00pm. The area is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Posted 08/18/14

Update to Gas Line Break,8/18/14 12:47pm

PG&E are on scene. Gas leak has been shut off. Repairs in progress. Please stay away from the area until futher notice.

Additional updates will be posted as available on this website.

Posted 08/18/14

Gas Line Break @ Lomita & Roth

At approximately 9:44 am on Monday, September 18, 2014, a gas line break was reported in the area of Lomita and Roth. Police, Fire are on scene and PG&E will be here in 45 minutes. No building evacuations have been made at this time. Stay away from the area until further notice.

Additional updates will be posted as available on this website.

Posted 08/18/14

Sexual Battery Update 8/8/2014

The follow up investigation of the sexual battery that was originally reported on 8/7/2014 has revealed additional information as follows: On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at about 6:17 p.m., deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a sexual battery that had just occurred, reportedly near Nixon Elementary School at 1711 Stanford Avenue on the campus of Stanford University. Deputies responded immediately but were unable to locate the suspect. After conducting the initial investigation, the deputies determined that the crime actually occurred in the 2300 block of Amherst Street in Palo Alto.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her fifties, was out for a walk. She initially observed the suspect walking his dog on California Avenue near Birch Street. When she was on California Avenue near Williams Street, the suspect walked up to her with his dog and engaged her in conversation. They walked together westbound on California Avenue for several blocks. The suspect began making inappropriate comments to the victim, and when they turned right onto Amherst Street, the suspect groped the woman’s buttocks and breast. When the victim took out her phone, the suspect fled in an unknown direction with his dog.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-twenties, about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a light blue buttoned shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He has short brown hair and a closely-groomed beard. He had a tattoo on his right forearm with writing on it. The suspect’s dog was a gray and blue pitbull with white spots on each paw. The victim estimated the dog was about 80 pounds.

Palo Alto and Stanford Detectives are actively investigating this incident. This case is not related to two other battery cases that occurred in the same area last month; police arrested the suspect in those two cases.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted at this website if it becomes available.

Posted 08/08/14

Sexual Battery, 8/7/2014

On August 8, 2014 at 6:15pm a female victim contacted the Stanford Police Department and reported that she was groped by an unknown male subject. The incident occurred near Stanford Avenue and Raimundo Way.

The victim identified the suspect as a Caucasian male adult in his mid twenties, approximately 6' 3", with a thin build. The victim further described the suspect as having short hair, a light beard, and wearing a light blue shirt with blue jeans. Additionally, the suspect had a tattoo with unknown writing on his right arm. The suspect was also walking a dog, described as a grey pit bull. The suspect was last seen walking on Stanford Avenue towards Peter Coutts Road.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department.

Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 08/07/14



About SUDPS

The Department of Public Safety is located at 711 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305. You can find us on the corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street, in the Police and Fire building. We are across the street from the Valero gas station on campus. The main office is open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am-5pm; however, officers are on duty 24 hours/day, every day of the year.

Our phone number is (650)723-9633. In an emergency, please dial 911.

The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe, secure atmosphere that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property at Stanford University within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The members of the Stanford Department of Public Safety are committed to providing high quality, public safety services with a strong emphasis on customer service. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to honor the spirit and letter of the laws we are charged to uphold; we strive to enhance our professional skills and knowledge; and we dedicate our full attention to our duties in order to earn and maintain the public's trust. The hallmarks of our service will be a dedication to the principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and courtesy. We are committed to upholding these values. Let us know how we can best serve you.

Photo:Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.
Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.