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Law Enforcement on Campus
University Police Officers are responsible for the protection of students, faculty, staff and guests of The Pennsylvania State University. Officers are also charged with the protection of life, property and maintenance of order on the University Park campus as well as the enforcement of all Pennsylvania laws and University regulations.
University Police officers have full law enforcement authority and criminal investigative responsibility for the campus. University Police Officers are commissioned under the Administrative Code of 1929 and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training law (Act 120 of 1974) and have the same authority as municipal police officers in the Commonwealth, being authorized to carry firearms and empowered to make arrests.
The department consists of 51 armed, sworn Police Officers and supervisory staff, nine Assistant Police Officers, six Police Dispatchers, and two Property Protection Guards. These employees provide protection and service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Police Officers are assigned to mobile, motorcycle, bicycle and foot patrols. In addition to the full-time staff, student Auxiliary Officers aid in fulfilling the mission. Students are used most frequently for security services and special events. Auxiliary Police is a uniformed student division within the University Police.
University Police and the Office of Physical Plant partner together in the program which provides professional security and fire alarm protection services to the University community consistent with the University’s mission, culture, and resources in order to facilitate a safe and secure campus environment.
The Safe Walk Service operates out of the Auxiliary Police, which is a uniformed student division within the University Police. Uniformed student employees who carry police radios, will walk Penn State students, faculty and staff from one on-campus location to another, and to within reasonable walking distance off-campus. Accompaniments are available from dusk to dawn 365 days a year. Mobile transports will be sent at the discretion of the Safe Walk Dispatcher and are free of charge. Reasons for sending a mobile transport may include, but are not limited to, location of the caller and the distance to the destination, availability of walkers, and weather conditions. Mobile transports are generally limited to a onemile radius of central campus.