The primary responsibility for security on campus belongs to Campus Safety. This office is part of the Campus Operations Division.
Campus Safety is comprised of a director, administrative commander, operations commander, eight campus safety officers, four part-time auxilliary campus safety officers and 40 student security officers, an office manager, a part-time administrative assistant, one student administrative assistant and nine part-time shuttle drivers. Located in the Manor Northeast lobby, the department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers patrol the campus on foot, by bicycle and in vehicles. Officers respond to calls for service and assistance, enforce college policy and investigate all reported criminal activity.
The director, commanders, and campus safety officers are full-time experienced professionals and are sworn special police officers under PA Title 22, section 501. They have powers of arrest while on college property and on immediate adjacent public property. They are required to complete Pennsylvania Act 235 training, hold a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and have prior law enforcement or equivalent experience. The student security officers do not have authority to arrest, however, they do have the authority to enforce all York College rules, regulations and policies. Student security officers attend an 87.5 hour training academy held on campus which covers such topics as report writing, patrol procedures, criminal law and college policy, First Aid/CPR/AED, fire safety, investigations, legal issues, crime scene awareness and pepper spray. Many other training programs are offered throughout the year.
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