Message from the Director

Welcome to Point Loma Nazarene University!

My name is Mark Galbraith and I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to be your Director of Public Safety.  I retired as a lieutenant from the California Highway Patrol in 2008 after a 26-year career.  I hope to serve Point Loma Nazarene University for many years to come.  

The Department of Public Safety exists to serve and protect students, faculty, staff and visitors.  We provide 24-hour coverage at the Welcome Center where our student officers provide a welcoming smile and assistance.  A state of the art camera system provides an additional layer of security. 

Our excellent student and staff officers provide a range of services from escorts, to jump starting vehicles and providing AED support or first aid.  The staff will document property damage traffic collisions and minor crime reports.  For serious crimes, San Diego Police Department will be contacted.  Should an emergency exist on campus, the Point Loma Nazarene University emergency website will provide up-to-date information.

Point Loma Nazarene University faces unique challenges for security and safety.  In order to access Sunset Cliffs Park, surfers and other members of the public walk or drive onto campus.  While the vast majority of these visitors are upstanding, law abiding residents, we have seen those with criminal intentions as well.  One step you each can take to help achieve a safe learning environment is to maintain situational awareness.  Public Safety personnel will be offering safety classes and providing handouts to further this mindset.

The campus annual safety and security report is published annually on October 1st and is available in electronic format on our website.  San Diego Police Department provides local crime statistics for crimes committed within a one-mile radius of the university.   Their website,, has additional information you may find helpful.

I invite you to contact our Department should you have any questions about the Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Public Safety.  Our contact number is 619-849-2201.  Even though our crime rate is traditionally low, we are situated in America's eighth largest city and incidents of crime are not always predictable.  Since we are not immune to crime, I urge you to prepare yourself by reviewing crime prevention materials and reporting suspicious behavior.

Mark Galbraith
Director of Public Safety
Point Loma Nazarene University