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About University Police and Public Safety

Established in 1926 as Campus Patrol, today Penn State University Police and Public Safety is responsible for protecting and serving more than 100,000 of Penn State’s students, faculty members, staff members and visitors at 22 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania.

In 2017, Penn State centralized University Police and Public Safety by combining campus-based units into one, cohesive department under the direction of the assistant vice president for police and public safety. The unified department has roughly 135 full-time and part-time police officers, 75 non-sworn and civilian staff and roughly 90 student employees.

University Police and Public Safety provides multiple resources and services, including police services, behavioral threat management, Clery compliance and emergency management. The department also includes a K-9 unit and Community-Oriented Policing Unit.

Our Mission

We serve and protect our community with respect, professionalism, and accountability, while striving for excellence.

Our Vision

It is the vision of the Penn State University Police and Public Safety Department to:

  • Become a leader in innovative campus policing and public safety practices;
  • Engage stakeholders in problem-solving and crime prevention strategies;
  • Provide consistent professional and value-added service to our communities;
  • Establish a cohesive, inclusive, and innovative work environment;
  • Establish a resilient University; and
  • Maintain a commitment to excellence.