The primary responsibility for security on campus belongs to Campus Safety. This office is part of the Campus Operations Division.
The Department of Campus Safety at York College is staffed with professional campus police officers, part-time parking enforcement officers, office personnel, shuttle bus drivers, a locksmith, a full-time dispatcher, and trained student security officers and dispatchers.
Campus Patrol Officers (CPOs) are on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They are sworn special police officers under Title 22, Section 501 of the Pennsylvania Code and subscribe to the oath under the sixth article of the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Under this title, a CPO possesses all the powers of a police officer in this Commonwealth, in and upon, and in the immediate and adjacent vicinity of York College property. CPOs patrol campus by foot, bicycle, Segway, and vehicle.
CPOs are certified by the Pennsylvania State Police through the Lethal Weapons Certification Act and receive training in many areas such as First Aid/CPR, firearms, crime prevention, sexual assault response, and drug and alcohol awareness to name a few.
CPOs respond to emergency and non-emergency calls on campus, enforce college regulations, criminal and vehicle law, and assist students, faculty, and staff as needed.
Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) patrol the campus during business hours when College is in session. In addition to enforcing the colleges parking policies, PEOs assist with lockouts, on-campus emergencies, and events.
Student Security Officers are enrolled in many different majors at YCP, including criminal justice, and benefit from the work experience gained while employed with the department. Training for student officers consist of a combination of classroom and on-the-job training in several areas including fire and medical emergencies, physical security, and general patrol.
Dispatchers on campus are available to assist the college community with emergency and non-emergency inquiries, relay information to on duty officers, and dispatch officers to specific locations where needed. Our dispatchers are trained to assist with police, fire and ambulance calls and work closely with the local 911 center to see that callers receive prompt emergency services when needed.
Shuttle bus drivers provide students with transportation to and from residence halls, academic buildings, and other venues on campus; as well as a weekend route to a few downtown locations (times, destinations and routes are subject to change).
The Locksmith is responsible for providing optimal physical security and safety for campus facilities, occupants, and to protect the assets of York College of Pennsylvania.
The Office staff is on hand at the Campus Safety office during business hours to assist with parking permits, ID cards, access control, and many other department and college-related activities.
Campus Safety works closely with the Spring Garden Township and York City Police departments. In addition to passing critical information among one another, Campus Safety has immediate means of contact with both of these agencies. This allows for immediate support and assistance from these departments when it is needed. Officers from these departments are often called upon to assist the college by working at special events held on campus. Occasionally members of Campus Safety will attend training seminars with officers from the township and city.
Every month Campus Safety is required to report all crimes to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting system in compliance with Act 73, the College and University Security Information Act of 1988. In addition, Campus Safety publishes an annual security report that includes all crime statistics for the year and certain security policy statements, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Timely Warning notices will be posted throughout campus in the event there is criminal activity which is deemed by the director to be an ongoing threat to the College. Campus Safety also maintains a daily crime log, which is a record of all reported crimes on campus and all department activity. It can be accessed by students online or may be viewed in the office.
Campus Safety will maintain the highest professional standards of excellence and be recognized as a national leader in campus safety.
We will honor the trust of the College community through:
To contribute toward the quality of college life, by providing professional safety, security, law enforcement and emergency services in a courteous, fair and respectful manner. We are committed to improving the College's ability to deal effectively with crime and other problems perceived by the campus community and working in partnership to resolve them.
Protect, Educate and Serve