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Otterbein Police Services

Officers observe a protest outside the campus center

Keeping the Campus Community Safe

The Otterbein Police Department is here to serve and protect, as the adage goes. In addition our law enforcement, patrol, and educational programming duties, we perform a variety of services to members of the campus community. We offer security escorts; unlock and jumpstart your car upon request; let you into your residence hall if you forget your Cardinal Card; maintain a campus-wide Lost and Found; and even record the identification numbers of your valuable property.

Otterbein Police Services

  • Facilities Access Policy

  • Register your valuable property

  • Bicycle Registration

  • Motorist Assistance Program

  • Security Escorts


The Otterbein University Police Department is responsible for parking administration. The motor vehicle traffic and parking regulations of Otterbein University facilitate the safe and orderly operation of vehicles, and protect members of the campus community.

All cars parking on campus are required to be registered with the Otterbein Police Department. Students purchase a parking decal online by clicking here. Once the parking decal order has been fulfilled, the student will receive an email advising them to pick up the parking decal at the Otterbein Police Department, located at 194 West Main Street. 

Visitor permits are issued by the Otterbein Police Department free of charge upon request by visitors to Otterbein. Registered Otterbein students are not considered visitors. Visitors may obtain a temporary visitor permit in person during regular business hours at the Otterbein Police Department located at 194 West Main Street; or the permit may be faxed or emailed to the visitor upon request. When requesting a visitor permit the Police Department will need the date(s) of the visit and the vehicle’s make, model, color, license plate number and license state. Requests for visitor permits may be made in person at the Otterbein Police Department, by phone at 614-823-1222, by fax to 614-823-1999, or by email to police@otterbein.edu. Visitors do not need a permit during the weekend (Friday 5:00pm through Sunday at midnight) or summer break. Registered Otterbein students are not considered visitors.

Otterbein University assumes no responsibility or liability for a motor vehicle or its contents while parked or operated on the property of Otterbein University.

Read more about parking on campus.

/ Otterbein Police

In Case of Emergency
Dial 9-1-1

Call (24 hours) 
p/ (614) 823-1222
e/ Police@Otterbein.edu
f/ (614) 823-1999

194 West Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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