The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units. USC’s Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. Founded in 1880, USC is home to over 47,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. USC is among the most diverse institutions of higher education in America with 24 percent international students and more than 45 percent ethnic minority students. USC is a comprehensive research university, a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities—recognized for especially strong research and academic programs, and in a comprehensive 2019 ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 17th among more than 1,000 public and private universities.
The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States, employing 306 full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers. Under the leadership of Chief John Thomas, the department’s primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment on campus and in the local USC community that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to realize their academic and social pursuits. The department offers a variety of quality public safety services and educational programs administered through the utilization of highly trained personnel, state-of-the-art technology, and a community-based policing philosophy.