President Peterson talks with members of the Georgia
Tech Police Department.
The Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department (GTPD) is a fully operational state certified law enforcement agency devoted to the protection of the campus, its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
GTPD’s mission strives for excellence and integrity by providing a safe and secure environment for the Tech community. But the officers can’t do it alone. Through its Crime Prevention Unit, GTPD offers a range of services to educate students, faculty, and staff, on safety and awareness.
Because Georgia Tech is an open, urban campus with many students living in surrounding Atlanta neighborhoods, Georgia Tech takes a very proactive stance when it comes to notifying the campus community about safety concerns. Most of all, GTPD encourages everyone to be alert and aware of surroundings and to be attentive to the behavior of others both on and off campus.
It takes engagement from the entire Georgia Tech community to ensure a safer campus for everyone. If you see suspicious activity, notify GTPD immediately at 404-894-2500.
Georgia Tech takes an integrated approach to campus safety and security. The Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) Office of Emergency Preparedness is focused on helping the Institute reduce the effects of disasters through preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. This office is responsible for implementing Georgia Tech’s Emergency Action Plan and for working with building managers to create comprehensive emergency plans for their particular locations. To assure that ongoing concerns are addressed, Georgia Tech has an active Emergency Preparedness Advisory Group that meets quarterly and includes representatives from key Institute departments as well as the Atlanta Police Department (APD), Atlanta Fire Department (AFD), and the Atlanta/Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA).
Emergencies can range from annoyingly inconvenient to completely devastating. To prepare for crisis situations, Emergency Preparedness conducts vulnerability assessments across campus and continually reviews preparedness and response procedures to enhance safety. Plans are in place to address emergencies ranging from natural disasters to bomb threats. These plans are routinely exercised with local first responders including APD, AFD, and AFCEMA.
When a significant campus emergency occurs, updates will be shared via the Georgia Tech homepage and the appropriate social media channels. The Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) will be utilized as appropriate.
The Emergency Management office also oversees the following initiatives: