Harvard University Police

Harvard University Police Business, 617-432-1215
Every major city has areas that have higher crime rates than others. Safety precautions can be taken to maintain a safer city lifestyle. The University document “Playing it Safe,” available from the Harvard University Police Department, contains important information on crime-prevention programs and services at Harvard. It also outlines federal and state laws and University policies on sexual offenses (including rape, date rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sexual offenses). For more information, please call the Harvard University Police business number, 617-432-1215. In a life-safety emergency, please call 911.

Harvard University Police, 617-432-1212, 24 hours a day
Longwood Area Harvard Police are stationed at 90 Smith Street, Boston. Officers are available to provide assistance 24 hours a day.

Harvard University Security Line, 617-432-1040, 24 hours a day
Security guards are posted at all Harvard Longwood Area building entrances. Guards will ask you to stop and show your ID as you enter a building. Security staff is located in the School’s FXB Building.

MessageMe: Emergency Notification System
MessageMe allows the University to quickly distribute critical information to you, wherever you are located, during an emergency. MessageMe helps you stay informed in the event of an emergency by sending alerts to your personal electronic device (cellphone, PDA, smartphone, etc.) through text messaging and voicemail and/or email. Please enroll in the MessageMe program.

Taxi Escort Service
The taxi escort service is available to School students on a first-come, first-served basis. The hours of operation are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week. Those eligible to use the service must have a current, valid Harvard University ID for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The taxi escort is arranged though the security officer stationed at the FXB Security Desk at 651 Huntington Avenue upon presentation of a current, valid ID. Security will distribute a taxi voucher and coordinate taxi pickup. The taxi service is free within a one-mile radius of the campus. Should your destination go beyond the one-mile radius of the campus, the taxi meter will be turned on and you will be responsible for the additional fare beyond the one-mile radius. Each taxi will go to only one destination with up to four riders. Multiple riders going to different destinations will require separate taxis and vouchers. Traffic and weather conditions may affect the timeliness of the taxi service.