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About Police at University Park

University Police and Public Safety is responsible for the protection of and service to Penn State's students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In addition, University Police and Public Safety is charged with the protection of property and maintenance of order as well as the enforcement of both the laws of the Commonwealth and University regulations. University Police and Public Safety has full law enforcement authority.  In 2015, Penn State University Police received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) after an in-depth review and demonstration that the department meets the external standards for policies and practices. 

Mission Statement

Protecting our community through professional service, education, diversity and ethical accountability by promoting safety and security. 


Honesty – University Police employees are, first and foremost, honest and truthful. We do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive, or act deviously. We avoid unnecessary secrecy or the concealment of information. Our credibility with the public comes from always being truthful.

Integrity – University Police employees possess the highest degree of integrity. We are principled, honorable, and morally sound. We are courageous and act upon our convictions. We will fight for our beliefs and will not adopt an "end-justifies-the-means" philosophy that ignores principle. We will not be expedient at the expense of principle, or be two-faced, or unscrupulous.

Fidelity – University Police employees demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to our department, the University, our profession, and our fellow employees. Devotion to duty is paramount in our lives. We do not use or disclose information learned in confidence for personal or political advantage. We safeguard the ability to make independent professional judgments by scrupulously avoiding improper influences and conflicts of interest.

Fairness – University Police employees are committed to justice, the equal treatment of individuals, tolerance for and acceptance of diversity, and open-mindedness. We are willing to admit when we are wrong and take appropriate actions to change our positions and beliefs.

Caring – University Police employees show concern for the well being of others. This caring manifests itself in compassion, giving, kindness, and service. Caring requires us to make every legal attempt to help those in need and avoid harming others.

Respect – University Police employees respect human dignity, privacy, and the right to self-determination. We are courteous and decent. We provide others with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own lives.

Excellence – University Police employees are committed to quality work and the pursuit of excellence. We are diligent, reliable, and industrious. We endeavor to be role models of responsibility, accountability, and trustworthiness for the members of the community through our words and actions. We strive to be well informed and are prepared to exercise public authority.

Citizenship – University Police employees believe in democracy. Responsible citizenship is seen as an ethical obligation; it involves abiding by laws and rules of society, participating in democratic processes, being social conscious, and engaging in public service. We have the additional responsibility to encourage the participation of others and a special obligation to respect and honor the democratic process of decision-making.

Accountability – University Police employees accept responsibility for their decisions and for the foreseeable consequences of our actions and inaction, as well as setting an example for others. In addition, we take whatever legal and ethical actions are necessary to correct or prevent inappropriate conduct of others.

Public Trust – University Police employees represent our chosen profession and the University, 24 hours a day, throughout our careers with The Pennsylvania State University. Because of the unique importance of credibility and public trust, police employees must be beyond reproach, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Hard Work – University Police employees adhere to a strong work ethic. We believe that our employer is entitled to the full measure of our time and talents when on the job.