The Pratt Institute Department of Public Safety provides 24-hour-a-day protection to the campus. Public Safety Officers are charged with the enforcement of Pratt Institute rules and regulations. They are staff employees and are responsible for a full range of services, including preparation of crime and condition reports, response to emergencies, conducting fire drills, and any other situation requiring security assistance.

Public Safety Officers are not Police Officers. They have the same arrest powers as any other private citizen. They use a portable two way radio communication system that keeps them in touch with a main control center. The Main Control Center has instant communications with all city emergency departments. The Department of Public Safety is proud of maintaining an excellent working relationship with all the local police and emergency service units. These specialized groups will respond to all emergencies on campus. Every Pratt Public Safety Officer is certified by the State of New York. This certification requires that they submit to an exhaustive background investigation as well as participating in a continuing rigorous in-service training program.

Emergency Communications 

Pratt Institute’s emergency notification system provides time-critical information to the Pratt community of students, faculty, and staff when a situation arises that disrupts normal operations or has the potential to place the Institute at risk. Pratt’s Department of Public Safety works directly with the local police at the 88th Precinct in Brooklyn and the 6th Precinct in Manhattan to receive important information in the event of a crisis or emergency. 

When information needs to be communicated to the Pratt community, the goal is to quickly, clearly, and widely broadcast critical news through Pratt’s Alert system, a notification system that sends emails or text messages to cell phones (or both); alerts posted on the homepage of Pratt’s website; and dedicated internal mass emails, when appropriate. Updates and status messages will be sent via the Alert system as well as posted on the homepage of to indicate, for example, class cancellations, office closings, etc. 

All members of the Pratt community are automatically enrolled into the Pratt Alert System with an option to opt out. However, we hope that you remain enrolled so that you may receive critical emergency information. As with all emergency planning, our notification systems are regularly tested and upgraded.  

In addition, campus status information will be provided to the following local media outlets (class cancellations only). Many of these stations also provide school closing information on their websites. Please do not telephone the stations, as they will not give out information over the phone. 

NY1 Channel 1
WCBS Channel 2
WNBC Channel 4
WNYW Channel 5
WABC Channel 7
WWOR Channel 9
WPIX Channel 11
News 12 Brooklyn Channel 12
WNET Channel 13
WLIW Channel 21
WNYE-TV Channel 24
WFUT Channel 30
WPXN Channel 31
WXTV Channel 41
WNJU Channel 47
WOR 710 AM
WNYC 93.9 FM
WINS1010 1010 AM