The University Public Safety Department has three major areas of responsibility: University Police, Parking, and Environmental Health and Safety. The University police section provides law enforcement and security services on university owned property. The department's ten sworn police officers have all have completed municipal police training and are required to complete mandatory update training as well as attend special training seminars. They are recertified, as required, in first aid and CPR, hazmat, blood- borne pathogens, and C spray.
Police Officers employed at Lock Haven University receive their police powers from the Governor of Pennsylvania and have full power of arrest for any violation of law on campus property. University Police are responsible for enforcing all Federal, State and Local laws in addition to the rules and regulations of the University. University Police are responsible for investigating all reports of criminal activity on campus and to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies as needed. Officers are armed. The officers must qualify with their firearms and auxiliary weapons annually.
Uniformed officers patrol the campus on foot, by vehicle, and on bicycles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department is also responsible for parking on campus, including issuing permits and enforcing regulations. The Department of Public Safety works very closely with the surrounding municipal police departments daily to provide for a safe and secure environment throughout the entire community. We also work with the campus Office of Judicial Affairs and hold students accountable for their behavior both on and off campus.
A full time safety professional also works in the Public Safety office and is responsible for ensuring that proper safety procedures are followed. Departmental safety responsibilities include Fire Safety, Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Hazardous Material Management, and Occupational Safety.
A University Safety Committee also addresses safety concerns.